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Bellwoods Barbers

Posted by Ryan Bolton / Posted on January 23, 2014

Bellwoods Barbers TorontoBellwoods Barbers are the new kids on the haircutting block, offering quality fades and hard parts. Having been open under a month, they're already having trouble keeping up with the neighbourhood demand.

Located just north of Trinity Bellwoods Park at Dundas at Beatrice, the first thing you notice about Bellwoods Barbers is the clean and modern take on a traditional barbershop. With dark laminate wood floors, exposed brick, stained woods beams and an elaborate silver tin ceiling, the shop seamlessly blends contemporary design with the classic barbershop feel. This, of course, includes a classic barber's pole and nouveau black and white barber chairs.

Bellwoods BarbersIt was in Bellwoods Park, in fact, that co-owners Shane Winrow and Lawrence Bill decided to make a go of things in late September of last year. The initial plan was to open a street shop along Queen West or Ossington strips, but after roadblocks and many fall-throughs, they stumbled upon the Dundas and Beatrice storefront, a humble red building that was originally a studio office for a production company. Winrow and Bill gutted the building and completely revamped the auspicious interior. The outcome is a sharp-looking contemporary barbershop.

Bellwoods Barbers"As soon as we opened the doors [just before Christmas], the neighbourhood immediately supported us," says Bill. "It has been a warm welcome from the neighbourhood." As he says this, an older man in a black pea coat and cane is ambling by the storefront. He looks in, waves and shoots a warm smile.

Bellwoods BarbersAnd how does that translate to business? "To be honest, it has been humbling," says Winrow, who is the master barber at the shop. He got his start on the other side of Bellwoods at Garrison's Barbershop. Foot traffic into the shop has been heavy, especially with locals coming in just to take a peek.

Bellwoods BarbersKeeping it local, Bellwoods Barbers is also trying to support the city as much as possible. All the cabinetry was done by Woodchop in Toronto. And the main hair products they carry are from Crown Shaving Co., which is originally from Toronto. They also carry everyone's favourite, Layrite, too.

Bellwoods BarbersWinrow notes that it's all about quality at Bellwoods Barbers. As barbershops are dotting the city en masse as of late, Bellwoods isn't here to disrupt, but to offer a quality service for fades, cuts, straight razor shaves and beard trims. Quality is the only way to stand out and to ensure longevity in the barbershop racket, Bill adds. With four barber chairs in the shop, they are looking to add a speakeasy downstairs with an extra chair for special occasions. That's to come.

Bellwoods BarbersA haircut is $30, straight razor shave is $35, beard trim is $15 and a cut and shave is $60. Store hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 10-7 p.m. / Thursday and Friday 10-8 p.m. / Closed on Sunday. You can also book online.

Bellwoods BarbersWriting by Ryan Bolton / Photography by Andrew Williamson



lol / January 23, 2014 at 01:13 am
nothing like trying to fake authenticity!
Need a Cut / January 23, 2014 at 08:32 am
I have gone to Shane 10 plus times at his previous barbershop, he knows what he is doing! Far and away the best barber in the city. He is super focused on perfecting your haircut. The chirping back and forth makes for a great time.

Obviously this is my own opinion but I went to a couple great barbers (Garrisons, Hastings, Mankind) after Shane had left Garrisons and although the haircuts were still good, they were not as good as what Shane does. Glad to see you back, I will be in for a cut in a couple weeks!
J / January 23, 2014 at 09:30 am
Looks like barbers have become the new baristas.
Rob / January 23, 2014 at 09:45 am
How did I know that the barber was going to have a button down shirt and tattoos?
Betty / January 23, 2014 at 10:06 am
How does a building have an "auspicious interior"? I really want to know.
out of town / January 23, 2014 at 11:26 am
i bring my dad here from out of town. he loves shane's work! the shop is friendly and reasonably priced for such an amazing job.
Chester / January 23, 2014 at 11:29 am
Top cuts $15 guy does a great job. I wonder if they get tired of cutting the exact same hairstyle over and over again. Guy walks in " let me guess shirt all the way around, #1 on the side"
The Doctor / January 23, 2014 at 11:31 am
Everyone's a bloody critic... I hope they do well. I've enjoyed the barber culture in Toronto, and I have to book a week in advance to get into my barber's chair, so there's a market for this. Good on them, and good on them for supporting other local businesses too with "fake authenticity". I know I'd appreciate a fakely authentic job in this city too...
Happy Haircut / January 23, 2014 at 01:48 pm
Peter, who cuts at Bellwoods, worked with Roger at Blood and Bandages for the past couple years I believe. Great conversationalist, and great barber! I'm definitely following him to this new spot, and anyone looking for a tight cut should be him a shot, too.
Simon Mohos replying to a comment from lol / January 23, 2014 at 02:31 pm
A great addition to the neighbourhood. These have chopped a lot of hair and built up a great client base that will only grow with this location. That first comment has so little merit, just another little shit hiding behind the internet.
akswun replying to a comment from Need a Cut / January 23, 2014 at 02:33 pm
Nothing against your opinion, because I sometimes think certain barbers are the 'best in the city'.

But when it comes to barbers, regardless if they're good for that cut or even numerous cuts, never just have 1 barber. Always have a second guy or even a third guy or girl. Even my favorite barber can get complacent and may not give me the sharpest most perfect cut everytime. Not only that but what if he gets sick, or goes on vacation? Its always good to have backups... on that note BJ at Hollow Ground is the best barber in the city! lol.

Jake / January 23, 2014 at 03:12 pm
Classic comments as always. Do any of the negative commenters ever have anything positive to say?
Ryan replying to a comment from Jake / January 23, 2014 at 09:27 pm
Lovely paradox. They never do. This shop looks great! I prefer the Crow's Nest myself in Kensington Market...Big Matt is dope!
crow / January 24, 2014 at 08:56 am
it's too bad jon's a pompous ass because some of his staff at crows nest are cool but when you have a wannabe mike ness whining in the corner it gets tiresome.
tommy replying to a comment from akswun / January 24, 2014 at 12:44 pm
What a stressful life you must lead.
Hayden / January 25, 2014 at 08:52 pm
just had my first cut! shout out to my boys!
Victoria Ainsworth / January 25, 2014 at 08:58 pm
I live directly across the street from Bellwoods Barbers, and I couldn't ask for better neighbours. They are such a dapper group of gentlemen. I can't wait to admire their work from my porch this summer. xoxo.
Ace / January 26, 2014 at 08:55 am
Do they cut "black hair" here?
KG / January 27, 2014 at 11:59 am
Agreed. I'll stick with Crows Nest looks like a bunch of bored baristas making the 'switch' to cutting hair
ali bakhtiar / January 29, 2014 at 01:47 pm
amazing cuts beautiful set up 10/10
Gibson / February 8, 2014 at 11:18 am
Fantastic spot, great cuts, friendly joint and a positive addition to my neighbourhood. Shane is great at his job. Good luck to them, I'll be back soon.
Joe / March 5, 2014 at 04:10 pm
Went in for a shave and a hair cut. Not impressed by my experience at all. Walk in and the guy who turns out to be the owner Shane, brushes past me with no greeting and acts like I was in his way. As for the cut, I got butchered. 2 slices on my face. 2 slices on my neck. Chunk of hair cut over my ear. Worst shave/haircut I've gotten in my life. Also, the hot towels were not hot and the guy only did 2 passes on my face. Sooooo not a proper shave. Whatever, I won't be back.
Steven / April 2, 2014 at 11:46 pm
I beg to differ, but thats my own experience at Bellwoods Barbers. I was greeted just fine by Shane and the place seemed very busy, with a good vibe to it. I got a haircut that I like quite a bit and definitely will be back. Used to visit Hollow Ground but the wait was my only issue there, still good cuts at both. Best of luck Bellwoods
Andrew M. / April 3, 2014 at 06:18 pm
I don't know who pissed in this Joe guys corn flakes, but I have been going to bellwoods barber's every 3 weeks since they first opened, I have had my hair cut by both Shane and Peter and have gotten great cuts and good conversation. Everyone is very friendly, I always feel welcome in the shop. Best barbershop I've found in town.
shakiba / July 17, 2014 at 04:03 pm
if you're a girl looking to get a really short cut from here will they do it?
ANONYMOUS / August 24, 2014 at 02:54 pm
When I say don't cut the top don't cut the fucking top. Now I have to wait a month to have it back to how it was before. Thanks for nothing.
Shawn / August 27, 2014 at 04:06 pm
Never going back again. Run by monkeys laughing at their own jokes. Wasn't happy with my cut so told Shane, and the look on his face was that of an angry teenage girl denied of puberty. Tells me my heads "shaped" weird. Then gets his monkey friend to come look at me hair and say " oh yeah Shane that looks nice". Douchebags.
Alex / September 9, 2014 at 11:56 pm
I've been coming to Bellwoods since I've moved down to Toronto in May.

Shane is hands down the most attentive barber I've ever had cut my hair, and I'm extremely peculiar when it comes to my style.. these people know what they're doing. The shop has a great vibe too and the wait times aren't long at all, really great price for the quality you receive. Thanks!
SdS / October 31, 2014 at 05:35 pm
Just stopped by for my first visit. I had Dylan on the blades. He is super friendly and we had a good chat. After asking the right questions, and with the game plan in hand, he did great work on the cut (faded sides, neat but long on top with a side part), spending a solid amount of time making sure to take care of any rogue hairs. The shop has a welcoming and warm atmosphere; I'm looking forward to my next visit and will definitely be asking for Dylan again.

Marc / July 19, 2015 at 05:51 pm
Peter. Good dude. Good cuts. Good chats. Best booking system in the city.
RS / September 4, 2015 at 12:47 pm
Been going here for a year or so - love the reservation system (google it) so I don't need to set aside 3 hours out of my day (which was how it was when I used to go to Hollow Ground). Had cuts from Laura, Peter and Dylan - all great. I lean toward Dylan if he's available - he takes his time and pays a lot of attention to detail as SdS mentioned above.

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