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How to Find Your Favorite Local Barbershop

best place for men's haircutsEvery person needs a skilled and reliable barber for their haircut needs. In order to get a sharp and consistent haircut, you must identify a barber who will be working on it every time you visit a barber shop. Many good barbers have a sharp memory and will remember your favorite haircut style the next time you visit. They know the complexities of your head and the contouring and hence they can easily maneuver to give you the best haircut you need.

Finding a good barber shop is not an easy task. If you just moved to a new town or you are not happy with your current barber shop, the best place to start is by asking around. You need to get recommendations on the best barber shop near you. People with your preferred haircuts will be resourceful in this fact-finding mission. You can also go online and search for barbershops within your town. You can check their reviews on sites like Citysearch and yelp. There are also barbershop locator sites that can assist you get their location details.

Now that you have located the preferred barbershop near you, we then take a review of what to look for in a barbershop. The first thing to look for is the confidence of the barber. The barber’s confidence levels when welcoming you in the barbershop is a most likely indicator of the confidence they have in their abilities. A barber should be able to tell you what works for you and what doesn’t work for your face. He will also respond to the client demands even if that is not what is best for the client in his own assessment.

The next thing to look for is the barber’s grooming. A good barber is likely to present a good professional image to his clients. You then have to take a look at the cleanliness around the shop. If the first thing you see around the barbershop doesn’t inspire you at all, then it is time to move to the next shop. The sanitary conditions and general layout of the shop are key indicators of the quality of cut you should expect. After identifying one, it is recommendable to begin with a simple trim just to be sure of the abilities of the barber. This will inspire confidence to entrust him with the entire haircut depending on the type of service you receive from the trim.  We are really big fans of Proper Barbershop. We’ll drop their address below:

Proper Barbers
73 Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2K2
Phone: (647) 781-5821

Why We Went With Western Decorations

western decorations

Western home decoration is a great way to accent your home and add style. If you love western apparel, or are in love with cowboys, you will love adding western accents to your home. Western home decor give an elegant and warm place in your home. It can give a relaxing sensation that is perfectly characterized for some western purposes.

The cowboy is one of the most popular western home decoration style. Many people prefer this style.In the case of the western style the mostly used colors are brown, red and gold. These colors give a rusty look to the interior. Certain people would like to have the rugged western appearance, which include the rough textured wall and the wooden ceiling. The style can be seen on the wall frames, furnishings, mirrors and pictures. A hybrid style known as the Southwestern decor style is also available . In this style, there are variations from the western decor style. In this style some items are covered in leather and the patterns will be bold too. The old western appearance consists of horses and cowboys. In the old style there are wall hangings featuring cowboys. The mirror frames are made of wood. In the traditional western style, the room is decorated using iron candle holders. The preferred color for the candle holder is mostly black.

There are furnishings for the western decor style from the highest range to the lowest . You can select the items which are within your budget. You can choose the home decor in western style depending on your taste and preferences. When using this style ensure that the house does not get crowded with the furnishings. Always select the home decor in such a way that it suits your room as well as the other items present in the room. In case of the western cowboy style decor use materials like leather, denim, wood and metal pieces. Although finding some great western decor might be a little tricky, there are a few places where you can get some great stuff.

1.  First search online. There are great places to find western accents, cowboy interior, or other great old time pieces for your home. You can find just about everything from bedding, to furniture, lamps and even mantles for your fireplace or just a shelf. You will have to dig a little, but there are loads of options to find exactly what you are looking for, at the best deal. Its a lot easier to have it shipped to your door, then stepping out and hunting for the right piece.  We got our southwest style rugs from Southwestern Rugs Depot.

2.  Consult a local furniture maker. Furniture makers might just build you a custom piece for your home. This however might just cost you a little more than you expect to pay. If you find a great furniture maker though, you can have some things made just for your home that are unique.

3.  Look around your local town. There are some great antique stores that sell some great materials. Just about every town in America have some type of antique stores.

Best HVAC Installation Contractors

As you may know, we’ve recently been undergoing some renovations in our space and we’d like to be sure to give a special shout out the the people and companies that helped us make that happen. One problem that we didn’t have any idea how we were going to go about solving in our budget was HVAC work, but luckily a local comapny really stepped up and helped us out in our time of need.

To be sure that your heating and cooling system is working for you the best that it can, you will owe it to yourself to get in touch with the premiere Fort Wayne HVAC installation company that can happily serve you. These professionals are great at the work that they handle and can sell you a nice unit and install it, so that you have nothing to worry about in terms of your home heating and cooling. Make the most of these tips so that you are in good hands when it comes to the way that your home thermal conditions are looked after.

#1: Take The Time To Hire A High Quality HVAC Contractor

When it comes to finding excellent HVAC service, you will want to do business with the premier heating and cooling company in Fort Wayne. There are plenty of companies that will gladly take your business, so give yourself the opportunity to reach out to multiple professionals for a meeting. During this meeting, these contractors will let you know how they conduct business and will sell you a system which will be the most advantageous to you.

#2: Shop For The Best HVAC Unit

Make sure that you also decide on the best HVAC unit for your home. Find in energy efficient unit so that you are able to make the best use of the installation and be a good steward over the energy in your home. These systems are also eco-friendly and will protect the planet at the same time. As a result, you will notice that your energy bills will be less expensive and you will have the opportunity to keep your home as comfortable as possible.

#3: Get A Service Plan On Any HVAC Installation That You Receive

Buying a service plan for one of these HVAC contractors will be excellent when it comes to maintaining your equipment. When you fail to maintain your equipment, your system will break down and be incredibly costly to you. It is very inexpensive to purchase one of these protection plans and you will be happy that you made such an investment. Per one of these plans, you will have the help of a fort Wayne HVAC installation contractor for an appointment whenever you require their assistance. Shop for the prices on one of these plans so that your heaters always work in the winter and so that your air-conditioners are always excellent during the heat of summer.

So what are you waiting for? If you need any sort of heating and cooling work at all, work toward getting the help of a Fort Wayne HVAC installation contractor who can look out for you. These professionals will happily assist you with anything that you need and you will be happy that you took the time to hire these professionals. Get the service that you need by contacting a number of different professionals in your local and surrounding area who will assist you with the work that you need.

Thanks To Our Sponsors for Helping Out With Our New Art Space


As some of you may know, we’ve been working on opening up a new art space for our local artists and makers to come to have a place to work on their work and also display and sell it to the rest of the public.  Anyway, we’re just putting the finishing touches on the space now, but there are a few companies that donated materials or their products to help bring the space together.  So we’d like to thank them now.  We honestly couldn’t have done it without them.

Sherwin Williams donated 12 cans of their Emerald Interior Paint to cover all of the walls with plenty of coats. I have never really worked with this paint before, but I thought the painting turned out great and I expect it to last for years and years to come. Again, thanks so much, Sherwin Williams.  That was such a huge help.

Our friends at Matco Tools supplied us with basically all the tools we needed during the construction process.  We’re not quite sure how they found out about our little project, but I think one of our resident artist’s husband used to work for them or something.  Regardless, we are so so grateful and I know the small collection of rusted nuts and bolts in my shed would’ve been enough to see this through.

Finally, the most random donation came from Southwestern Rugs Depot.  The owner stopped in our shop a few months back, was looking around, and stumbled into the construction area of the new space. He asked what we were up to, went to his car, and asked us if we wanted a free rug to “tie the room together”. He gave us an 5 by 8 foot American Dakota rug and left. Totally unexpected, but I really love the southwestern style of the rug. Anyway, I doubt he’ll see this because I didn’t get his contact info, but thanks so much! We love the rug.

Anyway, we’re so thankful for the companies that helped us out and we would also like to thank all of the volunteers that volunteered their time to make this happen. The space will be done at the beginning of January. Come by and say hello.

Featured Artist: Cloud Nothings

We’re really proud of local band, Cloud Nothings, that have really seen to have made it. They’re a “new age rock band”.  A few of the members grew up in Licking and I remember going to one of their shows that they put on out of their parents’ garage. They were all very young, but I could tell that they were all very talented musicians. We hope that they come back to Licking sometime for a reunion tour. Luckily, they have a new tour coming up and have a show in Cleveland at the Beachland Ballroom on January 26th. We hope to see you there.  You can purchase tickets and see the rest of their tour on their website:

Also, be sure to watch their latest music video.


11 Ideas For Christmas Gifts from Our Shop

  1.   Flapper Girl Dawings ($25 for the larger size. $15 for the smaller)


2. Palm Tree Stained Glass ($45)


3. Holy Valley Painting 8×10 ($165)


4.  Hand-Made Angel Ornaments ($10)


5.  Hand-Made Ceramic Tortoise ($85)


6.  Original Christmas Cards ($8)


7.  Butterfly Tile ($20)


8.  Ceramic Bowls ($15)


9.  Hand-Made Pant Pot ($12)


10. Whispering Woods Acrylic Painting 11×14 ($210)


11.  Ceramic Coasters ($35)