A swirling barber’s pole outside of Nanci’s Barber Shop signifies to passersby that this is the place for a straight-razor shave. Barbers pump warm lather onto skin before expertly clearing cheeks and chins of unwanted hair. Their expertise doesn’t end with facial hair, though; they also provide haircuts for men, women, and children. During football season, they even host Monday Night Football parties, providing haircuts, food, and drinks until the game ends when the weaker team's goalposts collapse from sheer exhaustion.
Whether you've got a flair for flares, an addiction to cigarette jeans, or you push toward pedal-pushing pedal pushers, The Blues Jean Bar has the stone-washed, pre-torn, or impeccable indigo of your dreams. The shop is designed like a tavern, keeping the savory styles of more than 40 top labels (for both men and women) “on tap.” Saunter up to the wood-hewn bar and ask the friendly denim-smith to whip you up a pair that combines your favorite wash, size, cut, and aroma. He or she will rifle through shelves stocked with labels such as Citizens of Humanity, 7 For All Mankind, and Red Engine to find your fittingest fit in the latest fashion, eliminating the drudgery of surfing wave after indistinguishable wave of blue. D Magazine, which recently named the bar the Best Place to Buy Jeans, calls it "almost as fun as a real bar." Prices range from $150 to $225, depending on the label and style.
Inside The Luxury Box's modern shop, scruffy appearances become smooth under the care of classic barbering services and a shave performed with a hot-towel straight razor. Scissor snips tame feral follicles as a stylist fashions locks into contemporary styles. Warm towels enwrap faces using heat and gushy pet names to soften rigid hairs before a straight-edge razor glides effortlessly across the skin. Each barber chair hosts a flat-screen TV to distract clients while their hair evolves into the hair of their future. Pre-man-pampering waiting areas swallow customers in the comfortable bellies of luxe leather chairs, while complimentary beverages hydrate parched palates and sports memorabilia hangs on exposed-brick walls to stoke debates about whether data analysis should still be considered a sport.
Studies show that men avoid professional stylists because most salons threaten their masculinity. Scented candles, new age music, irresistible pedicures, the customary post-shave feather tickling - scientists have found that each is full of cooties.
Essence Fragrance Lab tickles discerning noses with its fragrances and blendable scents. A custom scent can be created with more than 300 perfume oils, including carnation, blue lilac, cedarwood, coconut, and more. Once base notes, middle notes, middle base notes, upper middle notes, and top notes are selected, the head perfumer concocts each creator's body bouquet on-site for immediate neck dabbing. Each oil is alcohol-free, perfect for sensitive skin, allergies, and adding to tiramisu intended to be sold at a children's bake sale.