SOUTHINGTON - Owners of the recently opened Barber Shop Ten Forty Nine bring 15 years of experience of cutting hair to the community.
Ben Nolan and Tyler Addis opened the doors to their shop back in February, having previously worked at The Art of Shaving in Farmington. Both were trained at Ricci’s Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy in Newtown.
Their services include haircuts, shaves, beard trimming and edge-ups.
“We offer more of a tailored experience than a typical 15-minute in and out haircut,” said Nolan. “You get a wash, a haircut, a hot towel for your face and a blow-dry and styling all in 30 minutes. When you reserve a spot you shouldn’t expect to be waiting for an hour; a chair will be available right away.”
Nolan, who grew up in Unionville, said he first started cutting hair for friends and family in high school and then decided he wanted to “make it a full- time gig.”
“I enjoy that you get to work for yourself and do things your own way,” he said. “You get to talk to people and you have the instant gratification of cutting someone’s hair and making them feel good. It’s also a job that is always a learning process; there are always new styles coming out so there’s always something new to learn and everybody has their own style.”
Addis said that since opening on Queen Street, business has been good.
“We have kept a lot of our clientele from The Art of Shaving in the mall and we’re seeing more people every week now as the word spreads,” Addis said.
Nolan and Addis say they eventually plan to expand, hiring more barbers and increasing the number of seats.
Nolan said they envision themselves becoming a more premium version of a traditional barber shop.
“Another thing that we’re looking into doing, maybe monthly, is having acoustic nights,” said Nolan. “We know a decent amount of musicians.”
Barber Shop Ten Forty Nine, located in the plaza at 1049 Queen St., is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, or to make an appointment, call 860-747-1051 or visit barbershop1049.com.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.