Anyway, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk old-school barbershops.
Lather up your face for Peoples Barber & Shop, the kind of old-school barbershop that old-school barbershops aspire to be, now open in Polk Gulch.
The joint: barbershop-y. Very. There’s one of those striped poles. There’s big windows. There’s six antique, porcelain-based chairs (called Koken chairs) imported from a retired barbershop in a small Illinois town. (Illinois: huge on barber chairs.)
They offer the usual roster of grooming services—cuts, beard trims, hot-towel treatments. But you’d be remiss not to get the straight-razor shave—ask for John, a 20-year haircutting vet who happens to be a certified master barber. (Meaning you could call him Dr. Barber. But, you know, don’t.)
You know how it works here. Call ahead to make an appointment, or just show up. While you wait, someone will hand you a beer.
You love it when that happens.