Today, actually since my 2 year old had his first real hair cut, I’ve wanted to write a post about this particular barber shop called, Hone & Strop, located in Port Alberni, British Columbia. I started hearing good things about this place even before it opened, rumours and whispers of new age barber shop opening in our small town. Already knowing that the customer service in the store it shares space with was excellent, I had high expectations. To say I was impressed with the set up is a complete understatement. Down to the details of the sign out front, to the unique and modern style inside the shop itself. I don’t think I’d be out of line to say it brings some much needed “Umph” to the 3rd Ave district.
My son Jackson is two, if you’ve ever met a two year old then you know that they are energetic and that is an understatement. I had absolutely no style in mind for Jackson’s hair but, I knew it was time. We went in for our appointment and we were warmly greeted. They needed a minute; so we looked around and they gave no objection to Jackson running around and touching EVERYTHING. We didn’t have to wait long to meet our barber Garrett, the first thing Jackson noticed was his apron. He was fascinated, I think because he has a little one just like it for doing crafts.
Once Jackson was all settled, he brought out the cutest dinosaur cape for him to wear and he loved it. Jackson previously had his hair cut by myself and his aunt a couple times. One time I had to shave his head and it was awful, so he was mostly desensitized to the buzzers. I was afraid the haircut would be uneven because he kept jerking his head to get a look at what Garrett was doing. It turned out great though, perfectly even, thanks to Garrett’s clever child distracting tactics.
After finishing with the haircut Garrett kindly offered Jackson a treat. I know that some moms are cautious of sweets and candies so, I was pleasantly surprised when he pulled out a pack of little fruit gummies! Paying for the haircut was easy breezy! They accept debit/credit and cash. Lucky for me, I went in before their upcoming price change. For kids under 12 it is was $17; soon it will change to $20. I’m sure some people are thinking that it might be a little steep for a child’s haircut. I think that it is more than worth it though, for a professional, stylish and quick haircut. They also offer a variety of other services including a hot shave. Overall it was a wonderful experience. I can’t wait to book another appointment, for myself this time!