We visited owners and founders John Parlow and Gregory Kahnert of Whistling Dick’s Barber Shop in Old East Village. These two are not new to the entrepreneural lifestyle as you may recognize them for their involvement with The Pulp & Press Juice Co., Wood On Steel, and Hairpin Legs Canada. The newly opened men’s barbershop is like a step back in time. They have created an incredible vibe to match their service with that old-fashioned feel. They offer everything to do with men’s hair and beards including a hot straight-razor shave! By starting this project, John and Greg’s vision wasn’t to just create a spot to get a haircut, but a place for men to socialize and spend time with other men. They are currently waiting on approval for both their liquor and tobacco licences, which is sure to keep the boys coming back! When asked why they decided to open a barber shop the owners will tell you “One of the last strongholds of the masculine culture is the barbershop. In the 30’s, the barbershop was a place that was much more than where one could get a haircut or a shave. It was a social paradigm, a ritual, and an institution. A sanctuary where men could speak freely about manly things. A fraternity of masters who carry on with a presence of strength and will. All for just two bits and an hour or so of their precious time.”
Whistling Dick’s Barbershop is an homage to the men who we once looked up to as kings of their time. A reimagining of a once great temple of masculine grit. Upon opening the door at 760 Dundas Street East, you are welcomed by smells of woods, cigars, and a hint of Barbicide. The walls are littered with objects of rustic flair and paraphernalia belonging to an era long since past. You will hear the dulcet tones of 1930’s chart toppers. Just as the vibe washes over, you hear a voice say, “Good afternoon. What can we do for you, sir?”. It is then that you realize that you haven’t stepped into just a barbershop, but a time machine. We at Whistling Dick’s know that there are plenty of places to hide in London, but there are few places where you can truly escape. While getting a cut or shave at Whistling Dick’s you can also pic up a branded t-shirt or socks! They also sell products from Dapper Dan, Layrite, Reuzel, and Man Dust.