The working man’s barber: Former sailor, law enforcement officer, Jesse Stradley, opens shop in Granby
What: The Barbershop at À La Mode
Where: Inside À La Mode Salon in Granby, 383 East Agate Ave.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For appointments call 970-887-0174 or via email at email@example.com.
When one thinks of a barbershop, a fit of calming nostalgia often arises — sitting in the familiar, cracked-leather pumping chair; inhaling the scents of talc, sandalwood and that bluish-greenish Barbicide; feeling the hot steel of a straightedge razor capturing those itchy bristles on the neck. A traditional barbershop is a place brimming with testosterone; built on warm cups of coffee and manly conversation.
Jesse Stradley, a jack-of-all-trades sort of man, is familiar with the historic appreciation many have for a local barbershop. He knows what it means to work with his hands and he knows the sort of styles workingmen expect with a shave and a haircut.
The Grand County native recently started a new barbershop, renting booth space from À La Mode Salon in Granby, where he caters to the grooming needs of men.
The former sailor and sheriff’s deputy has spent his adult life working as a welder, plumber, locksmith and law enforcement officer, but after an old back injury from his Navy days sidelined his police work, the single father of one found himself sitting with his barber, discussing his plans for the future.
At the time, Stradley was living in North Carolina and was going through a divorce as he attended school to study engineering.
“I told my barber I was going to have to quit going to school,” Stradley said. “He said, ‘Why don’t you cut hair?’ I said no, but then he threw some numbers at me.”
Stradley initially went to school for and received his license in cosmetology while out on the east coast. But it was not long before the Kremmling born man decided to return to his roots, taking his young daughter with him. Roughly four years ago, Stradley and his daughter moved to Kremmling, where some of Stradley’s family still reside. He initially started working for the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, as a detention officer.
Though it was not long before his serious back injury once again forced Stradley out of law enforcement.
It was then he decided to take up his comb and scissors once again and get back into the world of styling.
Recognizing the need for a male-focused barber service, Stradley returned to school over the summer, attending the barber program at Aveda Institute Denver. He completed the course in November.
While he just recently obtained his formal barbering license, his years of work in North Carolina — where he focused mostly on male clients — means Stradley already has several years of experience catering to the grooming needs of men. His current menu of services ranges from a traditional haircut to strait razor shaves and beard trims. Stradley also offers special discounts for military members and first responders.
“I want this to be a gentleman’s barbershop,” Stradley said. “A lot of men don’t feel comfortable going into a salon. But, here, the focus is on men.”
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