One Calgary salon owner is taking men’s grooming in a bold, new direction.
Men’s hairstyling and barbering had always been a passion for Jereme Bokitch. As the owner of Hedkandi Salon and Butter Beauty Parlour, Bokitch had noticed Calgary’s barbering scene was growing in one direction only. “I thought we could offer a more unique and personal experience for men in Calgary,” he says. “We wanted to have a more modern take on the aesthetic of our spaces and the way the business operated.”
Rather than opening one location, Bokitch opted to partner with a local pub and a high-end men’s clothier, and created two distinct pop-up barbershops within these existing locations. The result is a custom experience that Bokitch says regularly drives hundreds of additional guests to each of these two businesses.
At Johnny’s Last Best, clients are able to enjoy a pint while they wait or during a service. This location is staffed with a team of four barbers with a menu that includes men’s haircuts, colour services and cuts for tweens. “It’s a relaxed environment but can get a bit loud and exciting in the space, especially later in the evening when people stop by for drinks after work and hang out,” says Bokitch.
Set in the new agship Henry Singer store in Eighth Avenue Place, Johnny’s Henry Singer location is as custom as the clothier’s suiting. “The space is designed for men who are looking to escape the office for a little quiet retreat during their cut and shave,” says Bokitch. Featuring custom chestnut wood interiors and modern lighting, the space has a sleek, refined appeal.