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Dens for Men: a new Barber Shop location opens near Astoria

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7/28/2015 12:37 PM

“No photos, no ladies” – this slogan of the original Barber Shop Budapest remains valid at all of their locations, including the most recently opened third joint found near Astoria. This trio of old-fashioned havens for stylish gentlemen seeking haircuts and straight-razor shaves are all run by the Gellei Family, who create each of their men’s clubs with old-fashioned flair and old-school barber’s chairs – and yes, these are clubs, since the service is about much more than good grooming.

Photo: Norbert Juhász - We Love Budapest

Before going into details, let’s take a moment to clarify

who we are talking about. The founders of Barber Shop Budapest are all

members of the Gellei Family, a multigenerational clan of Budapest barbers – decades ago,

the grandfather had a parlor in Kispest before moving to

Váci Street, then his son had a haircut shop on Bartók Béla Avenue, and finally the

third generation, András and Áron, opened their unique styling establishment

in the city center after

a stint of living in Australia. After opening their first Barber Shop on Dob Street with great success, they expanded to a new location on

Király Street,

and most recently opened a new site by Astoria.

Photo: Norbert Juhász - We Love Budapest

“Our service has swiftly risen in popularity, since the profession was long absent from Budapest. In the old times, like during the World Wars, barbers

not only cut hair and shaved beards, but also tended to wounds. We dropped the latter of those three services, and focus on men’s heads with

classic techniques

like

using a

straight razor and aftershave. There is a real demand for this these days,”


says

elder brother

András.

Photo: Norbert Juhász - We Love Budapest

The third Barber Shop

also opened near the party district of Pest. András explains that tourists are purposefully browsing barber shops, and the Gallei Family’s establishments

give them everything

they are looking for, including classic customer service. The guest is given a welcome drink

– a water or a coffee –

and the new

location

by Astoria also features a huge brown chair in the shop window, where

waiting customers can get

a shoeshine.

Photo: Norbert Juhász - We Love Budapest

All three locations

are similar

in terms of their

interior design and vibe. Their walls are adorned with

surfboards (a memento from the brothers’ time in

Australia), a

stag-antler trophy, and museum-quality

vintage scissors and barber

tools. The wooden furniture gives a unique look to the new shop, which also features old-school-style barber chairs made specifically for thechain. These are custom-made, weigh more than 200 kilos, and have a built-in sink to make the experience all the more comfortable for guest and barber alike. The shop also offers beard dyeing, and this novelty makes the process simpler by eliminating the need to walk the guest to a sink.

Photo: Norbert Juhász - We Love Budapest

The list of novelties does not stop here. There are plans to include tattooing among the services, and the owners are going to start a barber school called Barber Shop Budapest & Academy. (However, for the time being this is only for the benefit of the current team and barbers from abroad.) A couple of days every

week, the shop will close early for practice and to experiment

with

new ideas .

Photo: Norbert Juhász - We Love Budapest

The lads divide the tasks among them, since they perfectly complement each other. Their father, a legend in the trade, orchestrates everything from the background, offering advice along the way.

Photo: Norbert Juhász - We Love Budapest

As we already clarified, this is a men’s only zone, with exceptions made only for female members of the Gellei Family. You don’t need to worry about making an appointment: this practice

is simply not a barbers’ thing, so no

appointments are available. Guests are attended to first-come-first-served, and while guests are

waiting, they

can enjoy a newspaper, a coffee, or a chat with the others –

like at

any gentlemens club. We have a feeling that this won’t be the last Barber Shop Budapest location.

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