“Can I offer you a beer mate?”
This is the opening line from the tattooed, English (nay Mancunian!) accented barber who warmly greets you on arrival despite the other tasks he is busily running around doing after the last customer. He is not the owner, but he exudes everything you would expect from this excellent barber shop in Doubleview on Scarborough Beach Road, cleverly called Scarbra Barbra.
The owners are female, hence the “bra” part of the name, but before you get all hot and sweaty fellas, no they don’t parade around in their underwear while cutting hair! They have long been residents closer to Scarborough Beach with the original shop front been open a while now. But with the Scarborough Master Plan in full swing and not wanting to lose their loyal customer base, they have taken action by starting up a new venue ‘down the road’, so to speak. Time will tell, but this could be a clever move attracting the Innaloo and Doubleview catchment and when everything is finished down at Scarborough, who knows they may even stay.
So I begrudgingly decline the beer as I’ve got some riding on the treadly ahead of me. Its more difficult than you think for a bloke with 2 kids who doesn’t get out much to reject an offer for a quality imported European beer while chatting about the EPL and our favourite drinking holes.
“Been a while since your last haircut has it?” Yeah, get the whipper snipper out mate, your gonna earn that money…
But jokes aside, you can tell a quality barber when they do the little things, the over and aboves that make you feel special. Quality cut, not too short – tick. Shave the back of your neck – tick. Warm towel to clean up the scraggly bits of hair – tick. All for $25.
And when you find a good barber, I don’t know what it is but emotionally you feel attached to that place, its something built-in to us I feel. Perhaps sub-consciously you think that if you venture to someone else and get a bad haircut it will be weeks before it’s rectified! But I don’t need to worry, I’m sweet for at least another 4 weeks (maybe 8!) before I head back to one of the more enjoyable barbers in the Perth Western Suburbs.