Working man’s barber Jesse Stradley to open new shop in Granby
Early next month local man Jesse Stradley will accomplish a goal he has pursued off and on for the better part of the last decade: he will open his own independent barbershop.
On April 2, Stradley’s new establishment, Barba de Sapientia Barber Shop, will open its doors to customers for the very first time for a “soft opening” event. Stradley tentatively plans to hold a grand opening event sometime in May. His shop was previously part of À La Mode Salon in Granby.
The new shop is located inside the Inn at SilverCreek down a short hallway from the Inn’s main entrance. The new establishment is both a business opportunity and a creative outlet for Stradley who plans to create a barbershop reflecting his own unique flair, old school style with a modest modern charm.
“I am very excited honestly to be able to provide this service to men on this side of the county,” Stradley said. “This will strictly be a gentleman’s based barbershop. I’m going for that old school barbershop look, like a cigar lounge.”
Stradley said that while there will not be any smoke hanging in the air patrons will be able to relax and shoot the breeze while sipping coffee and waiting for their time in his chair.
“I was looking for a larger space for men to enjoy themselves; to come in and feel comfortable and relaxed,” he said.
His new location at the Inn at SilverCreek will come with a few unique perks that prospective patrons might enjoy. Once the new restaurant at the Inn is up and running patrons of Barba de Sapientia will be able to order drinks from the bar in the Inn, which will be delivered to the barbershop by room service. Stradley noted he will not be selling any liquor and the sales will formally be conducted by the Inn and restaurant.
The new facility will be contained within the space previously occupied by barber Ken Bruda at the Inn. Bruda recently decided to pursue other ventures and after a conversation with Stradley the two men quickly reached an agreement.
“I have always planned on starting my own shop but this was quite abrupt,” Stradley said. “A good business opportunity presented itself and I just decided to jump in on it.”
Stradley has renovation plans for his new space including a new paint scheme and retrograde work to install distressed wood and old brick on walls within the shop. He is also planning to purchase a pedicure chair and will be carrying the Reuzel line of hair products for his clients. He is also kicking around the idea of adding a few new services including potential beard care classes. But regardless of how his new shop finally shakes out Stradley says his focus will remain on his customers.
“I really appreciate all my clients,” Stradley said. “I just want to say thank you for support me during the move and I look forward to providing quality barbering services after the move.”
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