July 25, 2006
A Birds Barber Shop Blurb
By Sean Claes
Hairstyles are like fingerprints. Everyone has a unique look, and your hair is an extension to who you are. When it’s time to get a cut there’s few choices – barber, chain store, or salon.
What if you don’t have a barber, don’t want be herded through the process like a sheep, or you don’t want to take out a loan to get a good haircut? What if there was a place where you could go and get a salon-quality haircut without salon pricing? What if you don’t need wine and crackers? What if there was a place that you could get a salon-quality haircut AND a straight razor shave?
Enter Austin’s newest hair-cutting kid on the block – Birds Barber Shop (2110 South Lamar). The barbershop-salon combo, which opened on May 20, 2006, is the brainchild of two childhood friends from Laredo, Texas – Michael Portman and Jayson Rapaport.
“I’ve been kind of describing Birds Barbershop as the Jet Blue Airline of haircuts. We still get you from LA to New York, and there’s still a little bit of pizzazz to it,” Portman said. “There’s this whole phenomenon of ‘affordable luxury’ these days. Design and quality shouldn’t be exclusive to the wealthy.”
See the August issue of INsite Magazine in Austin, Texas for the remaining part of this story...
(A variation of this story is in the current issue of LareDos in Laredo, Texas and will appear in the August issue of INsite Magazine in Austin, Texas)