Taking one’s son to a barbershop for his first shave is a cherished male-bonding experience on par with teaching him the art of grilling and why he can only cry when a dog dies. Pass on a manly tradition with today’s Groupon: for $32, you get a haircut-and-shave package at The Modern Man Barber Shop (up to a $64 value). Choose from the following expiration dates: March 30, April 15, April 30, or June 27, 2012. The package includes:
- Shampoo and scalp massage (a $3 value)
- Modern cut with clippers and shears (a $21 value)
- Classic straight-razor shave (a $18 value)
- Hot-towel neck shave (a $5 value)
- One American Crew take-home product (up to a $17 value)
- Complimentary drink, cigarette or cigar, and cologne
The gentleman groomers of The Modern Man Barber Shop hearken to a time when pompadours outnumbered faux-hawks with straight-razor shaves, neat haircuts, and a décor packed with testosterone-soaked trappings. After taking a seat in a luxurious leather barber’s chair beneath the steely gaze of a prize-buck trophy, each customer’s hair is wringed of accumulated oil, dirt, and bear traps with a shampoo and wash. The barber pares down unruly locks to neater styles with a combination of clippers and shearing before lathering up faces for a swift straight-razor shave. The service ends with a neck shave and the application of a hot towel, exclusively heated on the radiator of a 1968 Camaro. Each remade man can peruse the shop’s manly trappings, such as a lamp partially constructed out of a double-barrel shotgun, before choosing an American Crew product to take home, such as Fiber, Pomade, or Molding Clay.
Each service includes a complimentary drink selected from a stock of whiskeys, scotches, beers, and wines, and nonalcoholic beverages, as well as a luxury cigarette or a cigar plucked fresh from its humidor home.
The Modern Man Barber Shop
Fifty years ago, the barber shop was a refuge where men could go to spin tales, relax, catch up on the town news, and enjoy a cigar. They got their hair cut too, usually, or sometimes treated their cheeks to a close straight-razor shave, but the real draw was the social aspect that surrounded the grooming. Fast-forward to today, and it would seem as though the pace of life has extinguished this refuge. But at The Modern Man Barber Shop ten chairs fill with stories while men get their hair cut and whiskers shaved—just like the good ole days.
Cuts typically last 30 minutes—straight-razor shaves about the same—granting plenty of time for men to talk about sports and news without reaching into their pocket for their conversation cue cards. On their way out the door, they can purchase an imported cigar to light up on the street.
5018 NE 22nd Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97211