Wall’s barbershop mixes ‘old-school’ with new cool

Thu, Dec 22, 2011

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Nicholas Wall, 34, was always uncomfortable going to fancy hair salons, and he didn’t like having to make an appointment to do so.

Wall, who owns a dry wall contracting company, longed for an old-fashioned barbershop where he could drop in anytime and talk sports or politics with the locals hanging out in the shop.

He couldn’t find one, so he opened one.

In February, he launched Local’s Barbershop at 5230 N. Nevada Ave. He fused the old-school barbershop feel with art, entertainment and suds.

The shop hosts local musicians and artists and serves beer — no appointment needed.

What is it about an old-school barber shop that appealed to you?

I would say the main thing I liked about the old school barbershop was the community feel, knowing when you walked in they knew you by name and the conversations about what was going on in the neighborhood.

How did you come up with the idea of haircuts and art, music and comedy?

I really appreciate any venue that can help you express yourself artistically, and I believe a hairstylist is an artist. Artistic expression can really change the way you feel, it can connect with you on a deep level. There is nothing that can make you feel so much better than a good haircut, an awesome song, or some great art work. It is really all about your lifestyle, community, music, art and hair — and comedy, nothing like a good laugh to brighten up your day.

How would you describe the Colorado Springs art scene?

I think it has made some really big strides the last couple of years. With the help of Modbo art gallery, I think we are bringing some much needed attention to the local art scene.

What do you think local young professionals are seeking in Colorado Springs?

Culture and community. I think the Springs has a lot of talented young professionals looking for a chance to express themselves and really help the Springs to become a unique city.

What is the most challenge aspect of starting your own business?

Funding! Really though, I think it is diligence. Taking the time to investigate the market, making sure that what you are providing is really a need. Make sure your financial model is reasonable; most entrepreneurs believe in their idea so much that they miss the writing on the wall. Last and defiantly in my mind, the most important is actually taking the next step. I never wanted to be the guy that wished he would have tried.

What advice would you give other young professionals looking to try something new and creative?

Know your weaknesses. Nobody is good at everything, surround yourself with people you trust and look up to.

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