Barbers, Shoe Shining
What a great place to step back in time to another era. It's more than the great shave and haircut that even I can duplicate in the morning after I wash it. It's the attention to detail like the shoe shine from his team of old master Edward and his apprentice Matthew, the real Coca~Cola w/sugar and the classic shows on the TV, the art is all so MadMen old school it should have it's own weekly TV show.
I have lived in the USA for 14 years. In all that time I had never received a decent haircut here. Every barbers I went to lazily adopted the 'army special' or a show of little more than dubious electric razor skills. The back would be cut awfully and the hair would be razored so short and spiky I would spend weeks waiting for it to properly grow out... and then when it did it would look terrible. I began to simply let the hair grow long and straggly until such time as I could get back to Europe and have someone with some iota of intelligence work on it. Then I noticed King's Court on one of my daily walks around downtown Cinci. The window was festooned with all kinds of things including a 'Best of Cincinnati" award. I was intrigued enough to visit this past Monday, buoyed by the positive telephone conversation I had with owner Russ on the phone beforehand to find out how busy he was. Once inside the place I could almost immediately sense this was going to be an experience above the rest. The ambience screams 'professional. And that's exactly what Russ was. He used scissors well before resorting to enything electric and created the layers and feathering which has resulted in maybe the best haircut I have received since living in London a couple of decades ago. The cut washes easily, laying down well - as it should - when combed wet then dries without the need for any teasing into shape. I actually wrote to him after the visit to thank him and to tell him that I will definitely be back for as long as I continue to live in Greater Cincinnati. I have never, ever, felt compelled to write and thank a barber before, that's how good it was. Massively recommended.