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Cold craft beer, a hot towel shave, and some much-needed pampering create a man’s place of respite.
Having grown up around outdoor activities and dirt track racing, I had never given much thought to spas and full-service barbershops tailored for men. That is until recently when a friend recommended a barbershop where he got to spend a few hours of “me” time being pampered with a beer, shave, haircut, and massage.
He was like, ‘If you love your truck, you take it to get hand-washed and detailed inside and out. So why not treat yourself the same?” He had a point.
I must admit, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and can see why women regularly schedule their spa experiences – just don’t tell my wife.
In League City, Goodfellas Fadeshop, located at 6011 W. Main, is one of several new businesses that are building relaxing, getaway experiences for men. From the moment you step into their “Speak Easy” serving a rotating selection of craft beers from 8thWonder, Galveston Island Brewing, and Texas Beer Refinery, you get whisked to a different time and era, which is only furthered by the store’s prohibition influenced décor.
The real service starts when you walk through the iron swinging gates into a full-service barbershop. I had the good fortune to draw Ramon on my first visit, who gave me a tour of the facility and a glimpse into all the different services available on site. He then proceeded to give me a hot towel shave that had me forgetting about the pile of paperwork I had left back at the office.
Rounding out this experience was a haircut and style that took 10 years off my old look and approvals from my wife and co-workers.
Though I didn’t opt for a facial, massage, or a mani-pedi, the full-service salon, is a growing trend that offers men some respite in a fast-paced, on-the-go society.
Local owner and entrepreneur Joaquin Herrera and his staff offer a cool twist on the barbershop experience including special groomsman packages for those getting prepped for their wedding day.
Of course, in League City, there are many variations in services and ambiance to appeal to men’s differing needs when it comes to service. From the barbershops that offer traditional haircuts and shaves to those like Goodfellas, which take a basic haircut and shave and elevate them to a pampering experience.
For me, this has created an interest in experiencing other grooming and spa services not just at Goodfellas, which provided an exceptional first-time experience, but at other local providers such as Lu’s, Imperial, and State of the Art barbershops.
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