Grooming: Old Familiar Barber Shop

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From the June 7, 2012 edition

If the taxidermy deer head with a cigarette poking out of its mouth isn’t a clear indicator, the Playboy photos on the wall should be — Old Familiar Barber Shop is a den for men.

“We just do men’s haircuts. That’s it,” said Kenji Prince, who opened the shop two months ago with business partner Josh Wilbur. “This is a place to have fun, perhaps get away from the wife, girlfriend, kids. This is kind of like a clubhouse. You get to do anything within reason.”

Things within reason: bachelor parties, cigar smoking (you can buy them there), beer drinking, boob jokes.

And while customers get a haircut, they’ll also get a show of sorts. Prince and Wilbur, who met while working together at a local barbershop, josh around with each other so well you’d think they were family.

Their friendship, they agreed, allows them to push each other for new ideas. For example, they’ve designed a stainless-steel Old Familiar comb with a bottle opener on it that they’ll start selling in the fall.

Those conversations often are had over a smoke in the “Dad’s Den” area in the back of the shop. Just sitting in a leather armchair back there will put hair on a man’s chest. Customers are more than welcome to join the party.

Among its gentlemanly grooming services, Old Familiar offers cuts for $15 and hot shaves for $20. The store also sells products from brands such as Hawleywoods, Cock Grease, Xotics and Dr. Rubin’s.

Oh, and Price will perform a marriage ceremony for $40 to $100. Seriously.

“We make our money by having fun and cutting hair along the way,” Prince said.

The dirty jokes, he will be quick to tell you, are free.