Custom bikes, cool signage and the ultimate man cave has set the scene for Leigh Sheehan’s new venture, East Coast Men’s Barbershop.
Leigh has been customising motorcycles and adorning local businesses and their vehicles with striking signage, since opening ECM Signs in 2010.
Although he won’t be wielding the cut throat razor himself, being a barber has always been a hobby.
“I love creating, and when I retire I want to hang out with the guys, talk a bit of blarney and put some artistic flair into barbering,” Leigh says.
At the cutting edge of Leigh’s new venture will be 21-year-old Nick Smith. Nick has recently qualified as a barber and promises to give customers the best fade money can buy.
“I’m passionate about barbering; it’s totally different from hairdressing,” Nick says.
“I specialise in men’s haircuts and beard trimming. My Mum was a hairdresser so I’m well aware of the difference.”
Nick moved to Warkworth four months ago after a spell playing semi-professional football with Tasman United. He emigrated from England with his parents seven years ago.
“I’m originally from Birmingham, England. The first customer to guess my favourite football team gets a free cut,” Nick says.
Nick still plays football on Saturday afternoons, but will be running the barbershop in the morning.
Leigh has used his skills and professional equipment to turn the space at ECM signs into a classic fifties style barbershop. He’s says it will be a funky hangout for lads of all ages looking for a top quality cut and a good yarn.
Prices start from $25 and East Coast Men’s Barbershop will open from Tuesdays through to midday on Saturdays.