Men can enjoy pampering on their terms at the new Maintenance Man Barber Spa, 4401 Peak Drive, in Loves Park.
Maintenance Man is owned by Clare Schwartz, who also owns High Maintenance Salon and Spa across the hallway. Both businesses are just inside the doors of Peak Sports Club off of Perryville Road.
Schwartz had been thinking about opening a men-only spa business for the last six years. She had considered building it across the street from Peak in new retail centers being developed, but the space across the hall from High Maintenance became available this year when a coffee shop closed.
She said the “barber spas” are popular in bigger cities because their marketing is less “girly” spa – offering nail repair instead of manicures and pedicures and private rooms for color treatment.
“Guys don’t have their space,” Schwartz said. “We call this ‘traditional services for the modern man.’”
The theme of Maintenance Man is a 1950s service station, complete with car-seat booths. Stylists will keep their tools in Craftsman cabinets, and several flat-screen TVS are attached to the wall in the main styling area.
Services include haircuts, hot towel shaves with a straight-edge razor, nail repair, massages, private color consultation and processing rooms, waxing and “Neverlose” treatments to prevent hair loss. Customers can snack on Beer Nuts and ask for a complimentary beverage from an antique Coca-Cola bar.
Maintenance Man is offering $9.95 haircuts and 20 percent off American Crew products for first-time customers. After that, haircuts start at $18 and include a beverage, neck and shoulder massage, scalp treatment and styling consultation.
Schwartz said she’s looking to hire more barbers for the business. She plans to host an open house shortly after the New Year.
Hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Call Maintenance Man, 4401 Peak Drive, at 815-963-1948 or visit maintenancesalons.com for more information.