From the late 1800s through the 1940s, American barbershops played a significant role within the social lives of men. Rivaling saloons in popularity, barbershops served as a sanctuary for men, where they could rub elbows and deliberate on current affairs. Popping by the local barbershop weekly (or even daily) was considered commonplace for many men of the time. However, since Gillette’s mass marketing of the safety razor and various department stores stocking (what were considered to be) state-of-the-art home haircutting kits, frequent trips to the barbershop became unnecessary. Not to mention, in the 60s and 70s, the pompadour wasn’t exactly in high demand.
We are fortunate to live in a time where, now more than ever, we have access to so many different things, seemingly antiquated or not. From the resurgence of vinyl records to the fixed gear bicycle. From silent movie theaters to the classic American barbershop. The market is flooded with grooming products for men, not to mention, cheap salons that’ll do the job in 15 minutes, but who cares? The reason people come to Harbor Barber is to experience the same things that made barbershops special 100 years ago. If you haven’t been, we encourage you to stop by and check the place out, enjoy a slice of history.