Dynamic duo Matt Staker and Dom Valente are on a mission to bring London style to Fareham – at High Street prices.
Their new hi-tech salon opened in Miller Drive at the end of last month and the two pals are putting all their energy into making their new business a success.
The pair met seven years ago while working at a salon in Highlands Road, Fareham and after dreaming big, they decided that it was time to branch out on their own and open Razor Sharp Barbers.
Matt, from Hilsea, said: ‘Our vision has now come to life. It is a hi-tech salon – we have iPads in the walls, an XBox gaming area and flat screens showing DVDs.
‘Our customers can watch Sky Sports while they wait – it really is an old-fashioned barbers with a hi-tech twist.’
Matt, 35, trained to be a barber at Fareham College after quitting his building job. He has worked at salons in Portsmouth, Waterlooville and Fareham and said he’s excited to finally be running his own place.
His business partner, 40-year-old Dom, from Portchester, trained to be a barber in Nottingham before embarking on a career in the Royal Navy.
During his time aboard ships such as HMS Lancaster, HMS Coventry and HMS Southampton he was the designated ship’s barber, cutting the sailors’ hair.
Dom is also delighted to have his own business and said he’s hoping that people will visit to experience their modern way of working.
Dom, a father-of-three, said: ‘We have followed the old barbering traditions but tailored for new clients.
‘We are hi-tech which is unusual but we wanted to give our customers as much as possible.
‘When you look at things from a customer’s point of view – if you come into a salon and it’s busy you want stuff to keep you entertained.
‘With things like the iPads, people can be looking at styles and if they show us a picture of what they’ve got in mind then we can make sure they leave with exactly what they wanted.’
The salon held an open day on January 31, when Pompey fans’ favourite Linvoy Primus did the honours of cutting the ribbon and declaring the shop open.
Matt, a father-of-two, said he was pleased to see so many people turn up in support.
He said: ‘The grand opening day was a great success. We couldn’t have asked for more. More than 100 people came through the doors, not just friends and family but people from the local community.
‘People that have lived here for years and have seen the shop become so many different things were giving us really high praise and saying that they want to see us succeed. It was really nice to hear.’
Razor Sharp Barbers is open six days a week. For more information go to razorsharpbarbers.co.uk