We have all been to barbershops starting from when our parents took us to the old men whose shop was always empty and they exclusively used scissors. Back then I could never really understand what the true meaning of going to the barbershop meant. Today, as a grown man, I can truly appreciate what the definition of a barbershop is. A barbershop is a place where you can go to escape the troubles of your day. Where you can go and strike up conversations with people you would normally never have any dealings with. It’s where sport fans can go and represent their favorite teams, while at the same time defend their passion for their team against rival fans. Most importantly though, the barbershop is a place where all who go find common ground because you know for a fact, no matter how bad you looked when you walked in, you were going to walk out feeling and looking like a million bucks.
Now there are numerous barbershops to choose from but choosing the correct one is instrumental in completing your transformation from a rugged individual, to the dapper don that’s going to be the talk of the town when he hits the streets. Beside making individuals look their best when they leave the shop, barbers have become social workers and therapists. A good barber can sense the tension their client is experiencing and offer input to the individual, allowing them to get a grasp on the situation while making them look great at the same time. Believe it or not, the ability of a barber to connect with their client is uncanny and is exactly what I mean by the evolution of the modern barbershop.
I’ve been to a few barbershops in my time but out of all the shops that I’ve been to none of them compare to the Hustle. Never in my life have I been to a shop where every barber in there knew the name of everyone walking in, including individuals who are not their customers. Where the shop recognized the importance of opening early to ensure that entire wedding parties got laced for that special event, or birthday boys received free haircuts without even mentioning it was their birthday. If that is not the definition of customer appreciation, then I do not know what is. Name a barbershop that throws any type of functions for their customers and not expect anything other than for them to show up and have a great time with their family and fellow customers. Having a hard time thinking of one? Well that because there is only one barbershop that does this, The Hustle!
Walking into most barbershops you will find pale colors decorating their walls, you may even see some pictures of famous people here and there but it’s decor is so bland that you can never find a welcoming atmosphere there. It’s just an in and out quick transaction. Not at the Hustle. From the moment you arrive the 3 canvases on the wall immediately grab your attention. The bright colors on the walls are warm and inviting, and the conversations are captivating. It’s no surprise that you can find customers in there hours after they finished getting their hair cut because they are knee deep in conversation. The Hustle is the very essence of the evolution of the modern barbershop, for the the simple fact that it can be equated to being a home away from home. Whether its a simple cut, baldy, fade, taper, Afro, design, or caesar you’re looking for, this is the place to get it. In addition to that, you’ll also be able to find exclusive head wear and tee shirts that you will not find elsewhere. So next time you’re in Queens, look them up, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
Friday evening in the shop. Clippers clicking on and off, gentlemen (and ladies) engaging in conversations that could be had nowhere else. Music bumping loud enough to make you raise your voice only slightly. Flat screens simultaneously playing the latest whatever… Guys picking up a fresh tee or hat or both. All this interrupted by the sound of a hand slapping another hand in satisfaction… constantly. Again and again you hear this sound echoing over everything. The sound of a person getting up from the chair, glancing in the nearest mirror, and delivering his hand into the hand of the man that just laced him. He’s good…his weekend just started off right. The clap is like applause…the cut indeed deserves a standing O.
These fellas are in here smacking dudes with QUALITY… If you haven’t experienced this, you need to come thru.
It’s another busy day at The Hustle, but we’d like to take a brief moment to let you know that there are big things on the horizon. This is a very exciting time for us and we’d like for you to be a part of it!
Although we don’t want to let the cat out of the bag (or in this case, cats…lots of ’em), I can say that you can expect everything from sales, specials and discounts to reviews, interviews and interludes… Another launch (or 3), maybe a lil’ something for the ears, another something else for the eyes, giveaways, raffles… Big Things!! As the title suggests, Stay Tuned!
Hus•tle: to make strenuous efforts to obtain.
There are many definitions of the word and it’s used loosely to describe many instances (most undeserving), however at it’s core you’ll find the meaning above. Be it hustling to first base or a loose ball… hustling to make that deadline, or just to make that bus, train or plane, an extra effort is necessary to obtain that which one desires. Even in its worst interpretations (swindling, slinging, etc) there is a substantially increased level of play.
At the Hustle Barbershop the word hustle is more than just a catch phrase, it is at the essence of each and every member. It’s drive, commitment, integrity and most importantly, hunger… for at the root of every hustle is a hunger.
Come by and experience hustle.
The shop was abound with the excited faces of children getting laced for their first day back to school. After all, what goes better with those spanking new school clothes than a fresh cut from the Hustle Barbershop! Parents too were getting laced. Equally excited by the fact that their youngling would soon be returning to the “normally scheduled program”… As a parent myself, I feel their joy.
It’s not too late to get touched. Come by for one of those much lauded masterpieces and treat yourself to a Mitchell & Ness SnapBack while you’re at it. We have back to school savings on select styles… Treat yourself twice!