Why I Love Toronto
Until recently I had been getting my haircut at my local Etobicoke strip mall. I could never really commit to just one salon and I would just go to the place that had the shortest wait time. A few months ago my dad came home with a new haircut that he wasn’t happy with. Now my dad has been going to the same barber since he was a child and it was the same barber my grandfather and great-grandfather attended when they first came to Canada. My dad loved going to his barber because he knew exactly the type of haircut he wanted, he knew all the other regulars and he always felt that the barber was a friend he hadn’t seen in a while and every time he was in the barber’s chair it was like catching up. Now sadly his barber became ill and it was time for him to retire. It was then I realized I wanted to have a barber customer relationship just like my father.
I have never been a big talker, but ever since I got a job in publicity I had to learn to be more open. As a result I started going to networking events and to bars a bit earlier than my friends so that I could talk to strangers. The reason I had originally went to various salons was because they would always ask basic questions and not get too personal. They were people I would only see once and probably never again – a one haircut stand. Plus my lack of commitment may have also been a problem.
Anyways I decided it was time to become a “regular” and go to a local barber shop and find myself a barber that I would visit every four months. I tried various barber shops in the city until I found one that I saw myself attending more than once. That barber shop was Bellwoods Barbers.
Located across from Trinity Bellwoods Park on Dundas, this establishment has only been open for less than a year, but is already pretty popular – I have to at least book a week in advance to get the barber I like.
I love everything about the barber shop. The décor is great with exposed brick, dark wood floor, tin ceilings and four of the most comfortable barber chairs I have ever sat on while getting my haircut. I also like how there are only four chairs and how close in proximity they are to each other. I love this set up because it allows for multiple conversations. You can talk to your barber, talk to the client next to you and even those waiting.
I will admit that I have never been happy with a haircut in my life, until I came here. The first haircut I got here was so popular with my family, friends and coworkers you would think I had accidently gotten a mullet again. The atmosphere is great and the shop does a great job making you feel like you are part of a community. Even though I have only been there twice and my barber is still getting to know me, I feel like that the next time I go I will officially be part of the Bellwoods Barbers community.
To the men in Toronto, I urge you go find yourself a local barber. I feel like every man should have a local barbershop to go to when they need a haircut – I know that is a very old school thing to say, but may be doing something traditional isn’t such a bad thing. Plus if there is one thing I have learned from the barbers at Bellwoods it is that they are really passionate about what they do. It’s not just a job to them, but their passion which I find really refreshing.
That is Why I Love Toronto