Hello friends! We hope you all had a great weekend celebrating the important women in your life and enjoyed the PERFECT weather. If you have been following State & Eight for awhile, you may have noticed that we have highlighted some of our favorite places for women to get pampered with nails, hair, and brows. With that being said, Liz and I were thinking that we don’t spend a whole lot of time highlighting the unique things for men to take advantage of in the 815. So, I decided to follow my hubby’s best buddy, Matt, to The Parlour-Barber Shop + Habedasery and got a chance to chat with owner, Tony Leon, while Matt got a cut.
The Parlour is first and foremost, a barbershop. However, when I walked in and spoke with Tony, it is obviously much more than that. The Parlour is “a place where a man can come to look his best from head to toe.” Men can treat themselves to various haircuts, shaves, beard trims, charcoal masks and wait for it…nose hair wax removal! Men-you don’t have to tell anyone you did it, just do it and Tony says, “you won’t regret it.”
Born and raised in Rockford, Tony wanted to be a part of the revitalization of downtown (The Parlour is located at 412 E. State Street) and thought there was a whole in the market for men. After going to barber school, Tony opened the business and it has been booming ever since. In fact, if you are looking to get an appointment, Tony is booking 4-6 weeks in advance for evening appointments and 2-3 weeks for day appointments. Currently, Tony is a one-man-show when it comes to services (though his wife and son help a lot!), but once his wife Sarah completes her barber schooling, they will both be taking appointments.
When I asked Tony what he enjoys the most, he said it’s definitely the shaves. I should also mention that one REALLY cool thing The Parlour does is wedding parties. I, like most of you, most often think of the women in the wedding party getting their hair and make-up done together on the big day. But, why should the women have all the fun? (Did I really just say that?) Men can get beautified too! Tony says they frequently have the groom and his men in the shop getting cuts and shaves on the big day while they all get ready, take photos, and have a (maybe a few?) drinks. I think if I was getting married again (to my husband!), my husband would be all over this.
Lastly, I want to mention that The Parlour also sells raw denim, shirts, grooming products, and tons of accessories. All in all, this is just a cool place to hang out. If you haven’t been, I highly recommend checking out their website (it’s one of the coolest I have seen) to see everything they offer, follow them on Facebook, and check them out on Instagram.
Thanks to Tony for chatting with me and to Matt for letting me tag along while he got a fresh ‘do!