State Street Barbers opened its first shop more than a decade ago. The owner Mike Malik, had a goal to create a place where modern men's hairstyles met time-honored barbershop traditions, like straight-razor shaves and breaking into song with your three best friends. Customers soon clamored for spots in the shop's throne-like leather chairs, so much so that State Street Barbers now boasts four Chicago locations.
To find out more about the shop, we chatted with one of the barbers, Rami "The Razor" Natour. Cutting hair just might be hereditary—his great-grandfather was a barber, too.
On State Street Barbers' signature haircuts
Naturally, haircuts are the shop's bread and butter. But the ones at State Street nab you more than just a trim. “Every haircut includes a shampoo, conditioner, hot lather neck shave, a mini neck massage, and a hot towel over the face," Rami says.
On what keeps regulars coming back
“They love the ambiance. It’s an old, classic feel. We have a lot of vintage stuff.” For example: Rami’s great-grandfather’s antique razors and strops, which currently live in the shop’s display case. As for the decor, “It’s all oak wood, all around. The stations are wood, the floors are hardwood.”
On a not-so-secret State Street Barbers perk
“We offer complimentary neck shaves to our clients,” Rami says. “So they can come in anytime for a cleanup, which just includes the sideburns, around the ears, and a neck shave, for free."
REN IS SHORT FOR RENOVATE AND RENEWAL
As founders of Ren, we took the same principles we learned as design builders and applied them to Ren: put together a great team of practitioners who specialize in a service and give them the tools, materials, and management necessary to enable them to focus on providing excellent service in their area of expertise.
Ren is a complex for renovation and renewal. Wellness and Beauty are multifaceted and interrelated and we have made sure every modality of wellness and beauty are included in the menu of services. That is why we have five different wings: the specialists, the savories café, the studio, the spa and the salon.
Specialists blend practices from Western Science to Eastern Healing; medical doctors, dieticians, chiropractors, naprapaths, acupuncturists , and Reiki healers all collaborate to help patients with their needs.
Savories serves breakfast and lunch, holds cooking classes, provides meals under a meal plan, assists customers in their own meal preparation, and does dinner parties and special events.
Studio is for dance, pilates, yoga, meditation and personal training provided in classes, semi-private and private sessions.
Salon provides nails, hair and make-up services.
Spa offers estheticians, therapeutic massage, body treatments, teeth whitening treatments and waxing.
Each of these groups of professionals interact with one another to help manage the renewal process for you.
Founders Patti Navilio and Michael Lavender
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Four Things to Know about Lavender Park
Despite its tranquil name, Lavender Park isn’t a secluded nature reserve. It is, however, a serene paradise for tresses. Katie DeVries and Jane Henderson opened the Lincoln Park spot in 2014, and clients have been getting primped and pampered there ever since. Read on to learn more about the salon:
Opposites attract. Owners Katie and Jane describe themselves as complete opposites, even though they’ve happily worked side by side for years. But when they conceived Lavender Park, they had a common goal in mind: to create a salon with a fun and simple atmosphere.
The decor is step 1 toward relaxation. Clients will feel themselves start to unwind as soon as they walk through the door. The contemporary interior features clean lines and neutral hues, plus exposed-brick walls and stone backsplashes, creating a sleek, inviting space.
You can continue the hair pampering at home. Lavender Park features shelves upon shelves of top-quality haircare products. The team utilizes numerous Moroccanoil styling products and stocks an extensive selection of Davines formulas, including the Oi, Momo, and Love lines.
And the stylists are always happy to offer tips and tricks. As they cut and style, the staff will fill clients in on how to best tend to their tresses at home. Lavender Park’s stylists have also lent their expertise to media outlets such as PureWow and the local ABC station.
Mario Tricoci Hair Salon and Day Spa knows you don't want a barber. At their salon, you can get your tresses cut, curled, and dyed. With so many services on their menu, think of it as a beauty bar in Chicago.
Soothe your body and your mind with a relaxing and replenishing massage, such as deep tissue and Swedish.
Battling dry or broken out skin? Try one of the many skin treatments at Mario Tricoci Hair Salon and Day Spa.
For beauty services, such as make up application, look no further than Mario Tricoci Hair Salon and Day Spa.
Colored or styled, a new hairstyle from this salon will leave you feeling refreshed.
At Mario Tricoci Hair Salon and Day Spa in Chicago, guests can enjoy a private and pain-free hair removal service from a professional staff member.
This salon offers the perfect mani and pedi combination to keep your nails in style.
To accommodate both your precious time and beauty needs, this salon enforces an appointment-only policy.
Conveniently charge by major credit card when cash isn't an option.
You can travel my car, train or bus to Mario Tricoci Hair Salon and Day Spa, a local salon near parking and public transportation.
With a parking garage right around the corner, finding a space is super simple.
Make sure to book your appointment at Mario Tricoci Hair Salon and Day Spa ASAP because everyone deserves a little TLC.
Alleviate stress with a relaxing and rejuvenating spa experience from Splendor Salon and Spa in Chicago.
Say goodbye to clogged pores and acne with a professional facial.
This spa understands that everyone has different needs and that's why they offer a variety of massage services, including deep tissue and Swedish.
Keep your skin feeling and feeling clean with a professional skin care treatment.
Splendor Salon and Spa provides a wide variety of hair removal options, such as laser treatments and waxing.
From daring polish colors to trendy nail designs, this spa offers guests a variety of nail care services to match their personal preference.
Splendor Salon and Spa has a comfortable atmosphere for all your beauty needs, such as make up application.
This spa offers hair care for men, women and children of all ages.
This spa understands that your time is valuable and that's why it offers an appointment-only policy.
While the price point may be high, the spa services are worth every precious penny spent.
Splendor Salon and Spa happily accepts all major credit cards as a form of payment.
At Splendor Salon and Spa, drivers can settle for safe parking in the lot next door.
Step into your real-life happy place when you visit Splendor Salon and Spa.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Under the new ownership of Patricia Marie and with her 13+yrs. of experience you can expect to be left looking your very best!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I started Cosmetology at the age of 18, then began my internship at one of Chicago's top salons in Chicago.
I build me way to the top as the Education Director/Senior Stylist of three big salons.
As this was a huge accomplishment for me, I wanted to further grow my career.
What do you love most about your job?
The most rewarding feeling for me is seeing my clients happy as they leave the salon.
Building a connection, and making sure I meet all of my clients needs is priceless.
I enjoy sharing my knowledge with the staff, and making sure that we all work well as a team :)!
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
"Can I take you home with me"? "You are an up-do goddess"! "You better tell me if you ever plan on leaving, so I can follow you".
"Can I pack you in my suitcase"?
I have the best clients ever!!!!!