The varied wood tones and leather seats set the atmosphere upon entering the doors of Distinctive Hair & Grooming for Men in Mitchellville, Maryland.
The pool table and arcade is telling that this isn’t just another barbershop.
The upscale salon for men of all ages is intended to be a place where total grooming needs are met.
In addition to haircuts, services offered include facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, shoeshines.
Husband-and-wife owners Jim and Deborah Guynn designed the space to ensure comfort for male grooming.
“We want our barbers to be the main course, if you will, and everything else is an appetizer or side item,” Jim said. “We want to provide the full spectrum of services.”
The idea came to Deborah eight years ago while managing a salon company with over 250 shops as she watched men uncomfortably entering beauty salons for manicures and pedicures.
“The confessions of the soul happen in the barber’s chair,” Deborah said. “The shop offers the intimacy where a barber and his client can have those conversations and not be focused on everything else going on.”
Customers can join the shop’s membership program which allows them to take advantage of the amenities.
Membership includes access to the facility whether or not they are receiving a service, a complimentary beverage, and a move to the front of the line if there is a wait. The opportunity to rent the facility for a business meeting or small social gathering is also available with a membership.
The business held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its grand opening Friday, June 8, where David Harrington, president and CEO of the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce, and chamber Chair-elect Adenia Bradley gave remarks.
The chamber plans to host a new member orientation at the shop.