New barber shop offers amenities, great service
Published: Friday, October 25, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 25, 2013 00:10
The new barber shop in downtown Durham, Main Street Barbers, is a fun, unique, and affordable way for students, particularly men, to take care of their hairstyles.
Main Street Barbers recently opened next to Durham House of Pizza on Main Street. Owner Gene Mailhot and his partner and co-owner Joseph Morin (a former UNH student) started this business with students’ best interests in mind. They strive to give customers awesome, affordable haircuts in a fun spot, where they can kick back and relax.
“We offer a customer-friendly experience to students,” Morin said. “It’s a cool place to hang out, which helps give students a more enjoyable haircut experience.”
Immediately after walking in, customers enter a dream-like man cave. Two giant, plush couches give customers a comfortable place to chill while they wait to get their haircuts. Both couches are tilted toward flat screen TVs, one of which has an XBox hooked up to it. A ping pong table also stands next to the XBox, completing the ultimate haircut lounge.
Mailhot and Morin designed their business with these entertainment options to offer customers a unique haircut experience they have never had before. The ping pong table, XBox, and flat screens accommodate customers and let them know that their best interest and happiness comes first.
After such a customer-friendly wait, the haircut itself certainly does not disappoint. Main Street Barbers gives people exactly which cut they want. Before starting Main Street Barbers, Mailhot and Morin understood that UNH students had gotten their hair cut in a certain, special way before they started studying in Durham. This is why they started a barbershop that places special emphasis on providing customers with any cut they want, exactly the way they like it.
“We give people what they want,” Mailhot said. “No matter what cut it is, we will put the time in to make sure people are happy.”
The stylists at Main Street Barbers refuse to give quick cuts without consulting the customer and considering their specific interests. The popular new haircut spot’s attention to detail is another reason that it stands out among other barbershops.
“We do not do five- minute cuts,” Mailhot said. “We take our time with every cut to give people exactly what they want.”
Mailhot takes the initiative to go the extra mile; he and Morin constantly study different style cuts online to stay up- to- date with modern trends. As a result, the stylists keep with the times and have a wide variety of cuts in their repertoires.
Downtown’s latest addition combines its knowledge of modern cuts with the ins and outs of a classic barbershop.
Main Street Barbers exudes an old school vibe with its friendly environment, and Mailhot describes it as a “classic barber shop with a new school feel.”
Just like an old- fashioned barbershop, barbers at this new shop make strong connections with their customers by engaging them in conversation during the appointment. The shop’s use of shaving cream and razors also makes it feel like it’s the 1940s.
Perhaps most importantly, this business understands what it is like to be a college student and kids can get an affordable haircut and shave for no more than $20 at Main Street Barbers.
With this level of customer service, UNH guys may have themselves a new go-to barbershop.