ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The corner of East Liberty Street, once known for its sandwich offerings, may soon be known for its haircuts.
The former location of Which Which Superior Sandwiches, 301 E. Liberty St., will soon open a full-service barber shop called Barber Studio Ann Arbor. The company hopes to offer men facials, beard coloring, haircuts and more.
“It’s just a very modern barber shop,” says Carrie Scott, co-owner of Ann Arbor Barber Studio. “We’re trying to provide everything for those who don’t know where to go.”
The East Liberty Street space has been vacant since Which Wich closed in January, but Scott said she hopes she and her co-owner Karam Dari will be able to open the barber shop in early January.
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A final building inspection of the site and the City of Ann Arbor is scheduled for Jan. 11. 5 and will determine whether the establishment will receive its certificate of occupancy. If all goes well, Scott said she might even be open for business the next day.
Full-service architecture, planning, and interior design firm Edge Design Associates has been helping Scott transform the roughly 1,500-square-foot space owned by Dahlmann Properties in terms of client expectations. The renovation cost for the project was approximately $88,000.
“I would say we completely renovated the space,” said Dan Mooney, owner of Edge Design Associates. “We completely transformed what was a former sandwich shop into a very modern, stylish men’s barber shop. “
Scott added that the location is definitely a “men’s den” now, but some parts of Which Wich will remain, such as the location’s bathroom sign.
Scott has approximately 20 years experience in the hairdressing industry and men’s barbering. As a hairstylist in the area, she said she has noticed a need for a barbershop like the one she is creating.
“I’m local and I know a lot of people, so I listen to what they need and now I bring it to them,” she said.
While the barbershop still needs final approval, Mooney said he could see Barber Studio Ann Arbor becoming a destination that draws more people to the area.
“We are thrilled to be a part of Carrie’s dream as she fills a needed void downtown,” Mooney said. “It’ll liven up that corner … hopefully she’ll be successful there for many years.”
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