By Walter Rutledge
“A man can teach a boy how to be a man, but a woman can teach him how to be a gentle- man” BBRAXTON- She knows him. This is the mantra of BBRAXTON Harlem’s premiere gentlemen’s grooming parlor. Located at 1400 Fifth Avenue at 116 Street the parlor offers a fresh approach to the traditional men’s barbershop. The Grooming parlor will officially celebrate it’s reopening with a relaunch party tonight.
Considered one of the last bastions of male supremacy the barbershop has long played a major role in male bonding. BBRAXTON has taken that concept and given it the flare and élan synonymous with owner, Broadway diva Brenda Braxton. The result is a welcoming and relaxed environment, worthy of the 21st century man.
The 2000 square foot spacious establishment is open, modern and masculine. Earth tones, hints of Venetian plaster and heavy woods create an upscale men’s club atmosphere. A sitting area off the entrance features a stocked bar and is ideal for barbershop banter. A shoeshine station where patrons can even drop off shoes will soon flank the bar and seating area.
In addition to hair care BBRAXTON boasts state of the art male amenities including facials, massages, manicures, pedicures and waxing. The prices are surprisingly affordable, and the barbershop offers competitive rates with the local establishments. For appointments and more information call 212- 289- 3200.
In Photo: Brenda Braxton
Video by: Adewale Adekanbi