Old world charm will reign when Bou’s for Men – one of the pioneers of Brisbane’s burgeoning barber shop revival – opens its doors at Montague Markets & Residences this spring.
Bou’s for Men is among the new speciality shops counting down to the launch of the retail component of our exciting first stage, which will also incorporate a full-line 3,400sqm Woolworths supermarket.
“I can’t wait,’’ said Bou’s for Men director Simon Bou-Samra, pictured. “I intend to make it one of our flagship salons.’’
With 10 salons in Brisbane and Toowoomba – and two more on the way including Montague Markets – Bou’s were one of the first to herald a reimagining of the traditional barber shop when they opened premises in Adelaide Street, the City, in 2006.
Although venturing into a barber shop can be akin to discovering a world of yesteryear, the service has struck a chord with modern men of all ages from their twenties through to the fifties and beyond.
Barber shops are becoming the new ‘’day spas’’ for men, said Mr Bou-Samra. “Here they can spoil themselves when it comes to grooming.’’
They come not only for the quality haircuts but the laid back atmosphere replete with soft rock melodies and gentle banter.
Wet shave treatments and cut-throat razor lather shaves are also on offer. Indeed, receiving a clean shave with a straight blade administered by a skilled craftsman is something of a prized experience.
“When the disposable razor was invented, it spelt the demise of many traditional barber shops,’’ Mr Bou-Samra said.
“In recent years, however, we have seen their rejuvenation, and it seems Brisbane is a leader in the industry.
“The straight blade shave is an integral part of the experience. Here, it’s the full shave with a hot towel service.’’
With shops in a range of locations including Portside Wharf, and Creek and George Streets, city executives seeking to look their best as well as receive an ample amount of old-fashioned service make up a large proportion of customers at Bou’s.
With a youthful outlook and edgy style, Mr Bou-Samra – a professionally trained barber – is looking to introduce a lighter ambience to the Montague Markets salon.
Describing the style of the fitout as mid-century modern, Mr Bou-Samra said it would be a departure from traditional designs, and relatively roomy with timber floors and four chairs.
“I see Montague Markets as a good fit for our business, and in the heart of a gentrified area by the waterside, which is traditionally great for service industries,’’ he said.
To find out more about Montague Markets & Residences, drop by the Discovery Centre at 321 Montague Road, West End, Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm.