To celebrate Movember, we match uptown’s Mankind Grooming against Kensington Market rebels Crows Nest in the race for Toronto’s top shave. Who lathers up best? You choose.
|Jon Roth, 2010
| Owners and year opened:
|Anka Miron, 2011 (Richmond Street West location, 2009).
|I found myself spending an awful lot of time in barbershops. An old friend inspired the path I chose, and Roger at Blood and Bandages gave me the skills.
|How did you first get involved in men's grooming?
|Coming from a European background where women have high standards, I realized the need for men to have their own comfortable place.
Single blade razor. Safety razors do the best job. And a comb!
|What's the one grooming essential for men?
|The biggest mistake guys can make is to neglect any type of grooming.
|Whose got the locks: Jon Hamm or James Dean?
|Jon Hamm’s look is closer to what we call a “modern gentleman.”
Three ladies, nine men
|Ratio of ladies to men working there?
We’ve got four ladies and two gentlemen.
Murray Foster of Great Big Sea
|Which celebs have graced your biz with their presence?
|We’ve had hockey players Frazer McLaren and Mike Brown as well as Adrian Grenier.
Single blade razor shaving — and lots of preparation after a shower.
|Top shaving tips?
Prep! It provides the base for a clean and comfortable shave and prevents razor burns.
We will be donating $5 from every shave to the cause, plus some weekly and daily specials.
|What's the Movember aftermath like? Any specials planned?
Lots and lots of shaves! Men love to treat themselves to a hot lather shave to commemorate the end of their journey. Registered participants receive free moustache shaping on Dec. 1.
35 Kensington Ave.,
|212 Eglinton Ave. E., Unit 1