Okay... I admit, I was slightly intimidated. But, if I needed a haircut while I was there, my trust would definitely lie in these manly-man hands (sorry Joe). Every barber is a "certified barber", which means they wield a genuine straight-blade razor! Janice at the hair salon down the street can't legally throw-down the closest shave in town like Joe's can.
If you decide to Man-up and make it over to Joe's... Please make sure you know proper barbershop terms going into this historical establishment. Our trusty Social Stiff (Kaylin) asked some pre-interview questions, like: "Is the 'Comb-Over' still a popular cut?" She was quickly corrected for the term "Comb-Over". Joe Jr. told her that a "Comb-Over" describes Donald Trump and those alike. The correct term is called a Gentlemens haircut. A "Hard-Part" is a dedicated line and a "Soft-Part" is when the line is thrown over. For example, Don Draper from Mad Men has a "Hard-Part". So, if you walk in asking for a "Comb-Over" haircut, Joe. Jr. will most likely shave your head and leave you with a few strands. Haha!
(I’m not kidding and neither is Joe Jr.)
Joe's Barber Shop holds special events for their customers such as one called, “Hangover Shave Sunday.” It's a "Flat-Fee" haircut or shave which has been running for 6-years now. They have live music, good food and beer! It brings in the community and makes their customers feel appreciated. Most look forward to it all year. Würkin Stiffs can not guarantee that the squirrels will jump off the walls to feed and lather you up. However, we can confidently say it's something you should not miss while you're in Chicago! (Bam... I just gave you Traveling Stiffs something to do on a Sunday.)
This shop is a "must see" with hilarious decor and skilled barbers. If you are ever in the area, make sure to stop in.
If you're a Brave Stiff, please do me a huge favor and ask for a "Comb-Over",
take a photo, and then send it to me! #joescombover
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