PUT your feet up, enjoy a beer or cold-pressed coffee and a chair-massage while your barber sizes you up.
This is Stallion Barbers, a new men's only barber shop that opened at the back of a Maroochydore skate shop last week.
It's the brainchild of Nick Trotin, a barber from Boston who grew up cutting his friends' hair and gradually became a perfectionist in the craft.
He put the finishing touches on the air-conditioned Stallion Barbers space a week ago. It opened last Wednesday.
"I love it. Honestly it's fantastic,” Nick said.
"With the small shop, it's amazing. It's like you step into a whole other place. You feel like you're out in some back room in some parlour in the city or something.”
Boardstore co-owner Boris Schaber offered Nick the small, air-conditioned space, which had been used as a store room.
It was perfect, Nick said. He transformed it into a dark, warmly coloured, men's-only barber shop.
Nick thinks it's the most expensive barber on the Sunshine Coast, but a men's cut - including deep tissue chair massage, shampoo, cut and blow dry - will still only set you back $40.
A hot towel and shave costs the same, and students - from primary school kids to university students - get a discounted rate of $30.
Through social media Nick has learned the best styles and skills from barbers all over the world who posted their tips and tricks online.
"There's such a cool barber community all over the world,” he said.
"It's a bit different, I mean you don't get plumbers posting on Instagram.”
Barbering is something he had always on the side.
"If my friends wanted a haircut growing up I'd always be the one to break the clippers out,” he said.
He was tired of working jobs where he would "just rock in, rock out and it's nothing too exciting”.
"I wanted a place where you could have guys come and you'd be a resource for them,” he said.
"I wanted something with a purpose but where you needed a bit of skill.”
Customers so far had been guys who "appreciate...the fine things”, but he also cuts children's hair.
One of his young clients has a different superhero cut into his hair every time. But generally customers are the kinds of guys who don't mind paying for a quality coffee.
"A lot of your uni-aged students, young dads,” he said. "People who just want a bit of a haven to sneak away from things for a bit.”
To find Stallion Barbers on Facebook click here.
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