Mon-Fri, 11am-8pm; Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun, noon-6pm
A, C, E at 14th St.
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"Always at the right wave length," reads the sign above the doorway—a nod to the storefront's predecessor, Nick's Barber Shop. The axiom has since been adopted by the current razor-wielding tenants, the rockabilly barbers of Freemans Sporting Club. Like the original barbershop tucked within Freemans clothier, the space is vintage-inspired, with eight stations anchored by thirties chairs and Depression-modern lighting. Mirrors are flanked by ornate wooden backbars from the Florida Keys. The shaving products mimic turn-of-the-century tonics, like rosewater astringent, shaving oil shipped from Portugal, and Baxter of California herbal-mint toner, all for sale at the register. Taffy ribbons of heated shaving cream are dispensed from chrome machines no longer in production, and the handles of the manager’s razors are made from 10,000-year-old wooly-mammoth tusks, crafted by accessories designer Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons. Faces are shaved twice, first with the grain, then against it. Hot towels soothe the skin beforehand, and cold towels tighten pores at the end (if a barber nicknamed "Shorty" is shaving, towels will be spun in a sort of rodeo trick before landing on the face). Service is conducted on a walk-in basis, and weekends are busy with scruffy clients seeking the "Hangover Relief"—a rose-water-and-eucalyptus-infused shave with a neck and hand massage.
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