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Thursday, 21 August 2014

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New Ulverston barbers offers close shave with all trimmings

MEN are being offered the full barber shop experience at a brand new business.

Jacqui Pickavance, 37, has opened Adonis Traditional Barbers in Ulverston after working in Kutz in Crellin Street, Barrow, for 14 years.

The mother-of-one’s first business venture is offering haircuts and wet shaves at the Grade II listed premises in Daltongate.

She said: “I was ready to move on. Plus I wanted to do the wet shaves, so I went and trained because I wanted to do it this way.

“I’d always wanted to start my own business and my son Zane has left school now, so the time was just right for me.

“He is my Saturday boy – I’ve got him running round doing odd jobs and making cups of coffee and he wants to learn how to do the wet shaves as well.”

Miss Pickavance, who trained at Kendal College, works at the barbers with Carla Southall, Lydia Wealleans and Becky Shaw.

Keeping it Cumbrian, they use a range of male shaving and aftershave products handmade in Sedbergh.

In contrast to the more traditional women’s pre-wedding hair and beauty makeover, Adonis is offering men’s wedding day packages where grooms can hire the salon for a few hours to enjoy a wet shave, haircut, breakfast bun, a beer and even bring their own photographer.

The shop sign was created by Walney-based signwriter Ian Whiteoak, who has done many of the vintage signs above shops in Ulverston and the Cooke’s Building in Abbey Road, Barrow.

The historic nature of the building, coupled with features such as a classic barber pole and Chesterfield suite for customers to sit on, allowed Miss Pickavance to achieve the look she was aiming for.

“The style of the shop just fitted the style of the salon that I wanted,” said Miss Pickavance, of Newbarns, Barrow.

She added: “It’s Grade II listed and it’s got an absolutely beautiful staircase in it. Everything about the overall look fits what I want.”

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