HIGHLAND PARK — The revival of the barbershop is spreading to Highland Park, where two new shops are now in the works on Figueroa Street. Last week we reported on a proposed barbershop-restaurant planned for the 5700 block of Figueroa Street. This week, we have news that Seattle-based Rudy’s Barbershop will be opening a store one block south as part of an L.A.-area expansion.
The Highland Park Rudy’s in the 5600 block of Figueroa won’t have a restaurant but will have eight seats and a unique design that will set it apart from the company’s approximately 20 other shops, said Chief Executive Officer Brendon Lynch.
“I fell in love with the space,” said Lynch, who lives in Los Angeles, of the renovated storefront. “If we belong anywhere, it’s Highland Park. It’s a great fit.”
In the L.A. area, Rudy’s already operates shops in Downtown, Los Feliz and Studio City. In addition to the Highland Park shop, which is scheduled to open in November, another Rudy’s is underway in Huntington Beach.
Lynch said Rudy’s is opening more shops nationwide as the market for men’s grooming grows and attracts more competitors.
Rudy’s was one of the first in a new wave of barbershops when it opened more than 20 years ago. Since then, the new generation of barbershops with a hip and energetic atmosphere as well as an ample supply of grooming products have become more common. The goal, Lynch said, was to turn the barbershop into a “gathering place” instead of just a place to get your hair cut, Lynch said.
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