Fort Lauderdale’s Five Best Barber Shops That Every Man Needs To Visit

We’ve put together a list of the five best old-school barber shops around Fort Lauderdale. Sit back, relax and look fresh after an appointment at one of these manly parlors.

 

ManKind

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Ahead of the wave of barbershops that have come to Fort Lauderdale, Lee Garipoli opened the doors to ManKind in 2005 to bring a one-stop shop of relaxation and refinement. Not only do the barbers offer services for hair and beards, but the staff also offers massages, facials, waxing, manicures, dry cleaning, shoe shine and repair and clothes tailoring. Want to relax after a cut? Hit the pool table or grab a drink at the bar. There really is no reason to leave this man cave.

501 SE Second St., Ste. 103, Fort Lauderdale; 954.525.0209; mankindformen.com

Buck & Beard

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Jose Lima went to hair school to prove to his roommate it wasn’t a good fit for him. Instead, he proved himself wrong. Now, Lima is the co-owner of Buck & Beard in the growing 13th Street corridor with business partner Ricardo Colopi.

“The barber shop experience is having a huge comeback,” Lima said. Open for a year, the 10-chair shop sports an industrial look with leather and wood for the ultimate guy’s spot for haircuts, beard work, waxing and manicures. However, women have also become loyal customers. The city is celebrating the grand opening of 13th Street on Oct. 21, and on Nov. 11, it’s holding the grand opening party of its neighbor Milk Money.

815 NE 13th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954.399.2327; buckndbeard.pagecloud.com

Monarchs

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After being in the culinary world for nine years, Greg Young made the switch to barbering. Now, he and his business partner Kevin Grande are the proud owners of a place they say is fit for kings.

“Beards are very trendy,” Young says. “It’s not as easy as most make it seem to be. We’re able to provide those services as well as a great experience.” Located in FAT Village, the shop opened in April 2016. With every cut, barbers provide a hot lather and a straight razor for a fresh look. Customers can also enjoy some cold brews and Oak and Cane rum. When the staff isn’t working, they give back to the community with back-to-school cuts and haircuts for the homeless around Thanksgiving.

504 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954.514.7650; monarchscs.com

Not Your Father’s Barber Shop

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At this shop, it’s all about bringing together the old and new. Coming from a family of barbers, owner Zac Jancek was looking for a place for people to relax and hang out—not just cut and jet—when he opened his shop in 2016. Customers can indulge in complimentary beers and play on nine different gaming systems from Sega Genesis to Playstation 4. But when they’re in the chair, it’s that old-school service. Not Your Father’s Barber Shop specializes in classic cuts like the pompadour and slick back, fit with a hot towel shave. “Guys are wanting to take care of themselves again,” Jancek said.

2740 East Oakland Park Blvd., Ste. 100, Fort Lauderdale; 954.451.5999; facebook.com/pg/notyourfathersbarbershop

V’s Barbershop

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Keith and Jenna Keltner opened shop in July with the goal to bring back the old school barber shop of yesteryear, where men could get a good straight shave and parents could bring their sons for their first haircut.

“Each barber shop has its own niche,” Keltner said. “V’s is very authentic.” That includes black-and-white tiling, refurbished barber chairs and exposed brick walls. Mark your calendars for Veterans Day because veterans, first responders, police officers and firefighters will receive 50 percent off all services on Nov. 11.

2426 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954.233.1964; vsbarbershop.com

Pro Barbershop Tips

  • Use a light beard oil or a beard butter. It makes your beard more manageable.
  • Be selective in what products you use. A lot of products have detergent in them, which can cause hair loss.
  • A balm or a conditioner will help your beard go through that two-week itch period that drives guys crazy.

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Lori Royce, Of Boynton Beach, Merges Art With Fashion With Wearable Creations

If the sun is rising, odds are that Lori Royce is wide-awake, taking in all the details of the colors, textures and shades as the sky transitions from dark to bright.

“I love seeing the colors change,” she says of her favorite time of day. “I love the darks turning to light, I love the lights turning to dark, I love movement. … I love the sunlight, how it sparkles like diamonds on the water. So I try and capture that.”

Working with pastels, oil and acrylic paints, Royce recreates scenes of sunrises, the ocean, palm trees and more onto each canvas. Now, she’s also transferring her creations into wearable pieces of art.

“You can literally take one of my canvases, wrap it around you, and you’ll look beautiful,” she says.

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How Fort Lauderdale’s New Mockingbird Trail Came To Be

Rebecca Bradley, co-founder of landscape architect firm Cadence, helped implement Fort Lauderdale’s newest nature path, The Mockingbird Trail.

MockingbirdTrailMapThe flamingo may be more iconic, but it’s the mockingbird that’s Florida’s state bird.

The discreetly colored creature blends in with its surroundings, namely, the urban sprawl.

It’s the idea that nature can still thrive within the concrete jungle that inspired Rebecca Bradley and a group of residents to create Fort Lauderdale’s Mockingbird Trail—a two-mile loop that wanders through FAT Village, follows the railroad, passes Peter Feldman Park and meanders past Top Hat Deli.

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NSU Art Museum Director Bonnie Clearwater Saw Fort Lauderdale’s Potential—And Wasted No Time Bringing The Arts Scene North

Art enthusiast and curator Bonnie Clearwater is redirecting the arts scene north to Broward County, garnering international attention for exhibits at the NSUArt Museum Fort Lauderdale.

When Bonnie Clearwater walked into NYU’s Grey Art Gallery in 1976, her life was forever changed.

She was volunteering to help set up the exhibition, “1976,” for the U.S. bicentennial. In the gallery, a man was holding onto a ladder as a younger man was above installing lights.

The man on the ladder, Jim, became her husband. And decades later, the NYU gallery director helped her secure the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale.

“Making that decision to volunteer was pivotal for my career, but also for my life,” Clearwater says, who now serves as the director and chief curator of the NSU Art Museum in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Clearwater took on that role in September 2013 after 18 years as the executive director at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami (MoCA). It was a decision that some in South Florida questioned since she was already such a pivotal part of the Miami arts scene, she says. But she quickly proved them wrong.

“People know that I am willing to put myself out there and I don’t follow what prevailing opinions are,” she says. “If someone says, ‘I don’t see it,’ I say, ‘Don’t worry, you will.’”

That outlook applies to both her career choices, and the confidence that she instills in artists. Under her direction, photographer Zoe Leonard celebrated her first museum show at MoCA in 1997. Today, Leonard shows her work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Clearwater also saw potential in Albert Oehlen, giving him his first solo U.S. museum show at MoCA in 2005. Since then, his work has been exhibited at the New Museum in New York.

In her two years at NSU Art Museum, she has raised its notoriety within Broward County, and throughout the world, garnering international attention for exhibits she has curated. With help from the former art director at the Grey Art Gallery, Clearwater was able to loan works from the prestigious Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection for the museum’s “Kahlo, Rivera + Mexican Art” exhibit. In three months, that exhibit drew 49,000 people to the museum.

But she didn’t stop there. Her timing was perfect—the New York Botanical Garden and the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum were also showcasing Kahlo’s work, helping Clearwater land the NSU Art Museum on the front page of the New York Times style section for a feature on “Fridamania.” And recently, the museum’s exhibit on Haitian photography drew nearly 700 people on its opening night.

Growing up just north of New York City in Rockland County, Clearwater was surrounded by the arts. Her father was a musician and her grandfather was a sculptor. At age 8, she took private art lessons and soon moved into the adult classes. She remembers having arguments with her parents on conceptual art—she was inspired by a story on Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s Bed-In for Peace. “I immediately knew that that was an artwork,” she says.

After graduating from NYU with a degree in art history, she continued her studies at Columbia University and was immersed in the world of art. She became a private curator and also wrote the best-selling book Mark Rothko: Works on Paper in 1984.

She bounced between the arts scene in California and Palm Beach before she was asked by developer Craig Robins to help improve South Florida’s contemporary arts scene. She moved back to the East Coast and took the helm at MoCA under the condition that she could run it “the way it needed to be done.” During her tenure there, she saw great potential in the NSU Art Museum.

“This place opened with enormous promise,” Clearwater remembers of NSU Art Museum’s opening gala in 1986. “I knew Fort Lauderdale was not Miami, and I think that was an important distinction, and to realize it has its own dynamics.”

Now up in Broward County, she is putting Fort Lauderdale on the international map by bringing art enthusiasts north from Miami. Last year, she hosted a closing Art Basel brunch at the museum, with painter and old friend, Julian Schnabel, leading guests through his latest exhibition.

In the fall, she’s excited about the “The Indestructible Lee Miller” exhibit—photographs taken by the first female combat photographer, as well as “Bellissima” in February—a showcase of how the fashion industry brought Italy back on its feet after World War II. For the next two years, Clearwater wants to continue growing the institute’s name, and continue its scholarship with Nova Southeastern University.

“I didn’t leave Miami—I just moved the South Florida arts scene northward,” she says.

Originally published in Gold Coast magazine

A Helping Hand

Dr. Kris Deeter beat the odds in order to find her passion – giving every child the chance for a better, more prosperous life.

Dr. Kris Deeter’s story begins in a blue-collar community in Northern California. Her father was a steel-metal worker. No one in her family had been to college, and they had to rely on government assistance to get by.

But Deeter has come a long way from her childhood in California. Today, she works with critically ill children as a pediatric intensivist at Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida. The center manages the pediatric intensive care unit at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood. “It was always important for me to go back and help kids who were like me and give them that push of encouragement,” she says.

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Skating On By

Sitting in the backseat of his family’s SUV, CJ George couldn’t stop throwing up.

He had gone through a round of chemo the day before, and as a youth ambassador for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation he was scheduled to speak at a corporate breakfast. As each wave of nausea succumbed to sickness, his parents figured there was no way he could speak.

But the 11-year-old protested. No, he said. This is why I’m doing it, for those who are feeling this exact same way.

Read more at Gold Coast magazine online.