Southern Gentleman’s Barbering Co. provides a “step back in time” for its customers. That’s the way co-owner Joe Michaelis described it.
The business first opened nearly six years ago in Five Points, then experienced exponential growth over the past year with an additional location in Lexington. According to Michaelis, the family-owned barber shop decided the next expansion should be to open a third location in Chapin.
“We feel like Chapin is growing quite rapidly and we saw an opportunity, and we chose to grab it,” he said.
Michaelis said Southern Gentleman’s is a place for customers to come sit and relax. “We like it to be a place for people to come in, get a complimentary coke, cold beer or hot cup of coffee, watch some sports and just get away from the real world for a little bit,” he said. “Enjoy a hair cut and not feel rushed. We want it to be an experience.”
The 1,000 sq.-ft. Chapin location will offer hair cuts, beard trims, straight-razor shaves and eyebrow waxing. A discount is offered for all military, veterans and first responders.
Michaelis said they take pride in their work and want to offer the best service possible. “We’re not some fly-by-night chain operation just wanting to get a quick buck. We love being local and having the opportunity to get your business – then it’s up to us to keep it,” he said. Families are welcome at Southern Gentleman’s, and the new location will also have TVs and a pool table.
The Chapin shop will officially open Thursday at 203 Amicks Ferry Road, in the previous space of Chadwick's Barbershop. Michaelis said they will be hiring qualified barbers for the new store. Anyone interested in applying should call 803-941-7024 and ask to speak with Derek.
The Southern Gentleman’s family is looking forward to meeting new customers and hiring new staff for the Chapin shop, according to Michaelis. “Without customers we don’t have anything. Without our employees we don’t have anything. Everybody’s important. It takes more than one part of the company, it’s got to be all little parts coming together to make it work,” he said.
Hours of operation will be Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed Sundays. Additional information can be found at southernbarbering.com.