It has been decades since the town of Searsport has seen its own local barbershop — a place where men can socialize and look sharp — but that’s about to change.

A new barber pole will be spinning at 29 East Main St., by Thursday, June 14. Guys & Dolls Barber & Beauty Lounge will offer the luxuries of traditional tonsorial arts, including hot lather, straight razor neck and face shaves and more.

The barbering profession has seen a lot of changes in the past few decades. With this being a transitional time in the industry, many barbers are aging out of the profession and are either significantly reducing their service hours or closing their doors for good.

At one time, barbers focused on quick, cheap, cookie-cutter cuts, but a new generation of barbers is making its mark on the industry by refocusing on the overall experience and offering luxurious, masculine, custom cuts with the finest male grooming products.

Jess Connor, an Aveda Institute graduate who has also studied cosmetology, will be opening Guys & Dolls Barber & Beauty Lounge next month, offering men’s and women’s cuts, styles, up-do’s and facials as well as beard trims and line-ups. Services will be more upscale and focus on indulgent, relaxing experiences at a fair price. "You will never feel rushed at Guys & Dolls," Conner said in a press release. "Excellent service takes time!"

Guests will step into a relaxed and modern atmosphere with a twist of nostalgia. The overall feel of Guys & Dolls Barbershop is decidedly masculine and reminiscent of the old-school barbershops from the '50s and '60s. Many sentimental sensory delights will welcome guests throughout the barbershop, from the spicy scent of bay rum gently drifting through the air, to the music softly playing in the background.

Hang out and play a game of darts or cards or check out the collection of antique hones, strops and straight razors on display. Grab a complimentary cup of Joe or pick up the shop's guitar displayed on the wall and play a tune while you wait.

The average price for men’s or women’s cuts will range from $16 to $35. For men, all services include a brow trim, neck shave and ear trim. To keep it simple, no chemical services, such as coloring or perms are offered at Guys & Dolls.

The Basic service features a wash and basic haircut. This haircut service is ideal for busy people and is available on a walk-in basis. Depending on the cut requested, the service may last up to 45 minutes and includes either a scented steam towel neck rub or hand massage.

Guests seeking the full experience of old-world barbering will enjoy The Works. This  service may include a variety of treats, from scented steam towels, hand, scalp or facial massage, to custom cuts and extra pampering. For men, this service includes a beard and mustache trim and line-up.

In lieu of the facial hair trims and line-ups, women may receive a blow-dry, style and styling education. The Works is available by appointment and may last just over an hour.

Connor's shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Customers can take advantage of Guys & Dolls appointments after hours and on Saturdays to avoid waiting in line. Call 322-2999 for appointments or inquiries.

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