The most anticipated sequel of the summer does not involve dinosaurs.
It does, however, involve pocketknives, nine-ball and a really nice head of hair.
Settle in for the second coming of Fellow Barber, the follow-up to the ever-popular Valencia Street shop, now open on Market. (Have a slideshow.)
You know the Valencia shop. Lines out the door. Well-coiffed dandies everywhere. A veritable throwback to barbering’s halcyon days of straight razors, hot shaves and soul-baring conversations with the man in the mirror.
Well, this one’s pretty similar to that. Only it’s housed in a century-old building and the floor tiles are repurposed bleacher boards and they’ve borrowed the bathroom door from the Oakland Public Library. So yes: they’re far more lax when it comes to the word “borrowing” here.
You’ll step inside when you need to spruce up a bit. Shoot some pool or sift through some rakish goods (flasks, Filson bags, pocketknives...) while you wait.
Then, when they’re ready for you, you’ll sink into a reupholstered vintage barber chair in the next room and request a haircut, a trim, a shave or their Hangover Treatment—a facial featuring hot towels and pore-relaxing oils.
It’s a start, anyway.