An unusual 1920s themed barber’s shop will cut a dash on Portadown when it opens in a month’s time.
It will be an emporium where the male population can have their crowning glory styled in surroundings that reflect the Gentleman’s Club of the early 20th century.
Two local businessmen – both experienced in ‘cutting’, albeit from different angles, are behind ‘Elk and Clipper’ in Thomas Street, which they feel will change the coiffeur experience for the town’s male population.
Dwaine Smyth is the proprietor of ‘The Meat Cleaver’ butchers at the Chalet complex, with a background in cutting quality steaks, although his stake in the ‘Elk and Clipper’ is organising the décor, creating the nuance and seeing to the client’s post haircut and shave experiences.
Michael Dowell is a hairdressing expert, being the owner of the nearby ‘Encanto Hair and Beauty’, a ladies’ establishment, popular with the females of the area.
Three experienced hairdressers have already been employed, with interviews ongoing to fill the other two posts.
Said Dwaine, “The ‘Elk and Clipper’ will, in effect, be a Gentleman’s Club, based on the clubs of a century ago. It will have an interior hunting theme, hence the Elk, and the Clipper speaks for itself.
“The décor is old rustic wooden, with an old gramophone, button back chairs and all the interior trappings of that era. Clients will have a complementary drink – a beer, a Scotch or a lemonade – to enjoy with their haircut.
“Afterwards they will be able to relax with a game of pool, and we will be stepping outside the 1920s era so that they can watch TV. There will also be music playing, and we will have music nights at the weekend.
“It will have a bar, simply for décor, as drink will not be on sale, as such. We’ll be open six days a week from 12 noon until 9pm, closing on Mondays.”
The ‘Elk and Clipper’ will open its doors in four weeks and is in Thomas Street beside the Royal British Legion.