Illinois’ Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: Gabby’s Barber Shop

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Gabby’s Barber Shop is a 2019 award winner for barber shops in Illinois!

Whether you’re looking for a beard trim or a haircut, there’s no better barber shop to turn to in Chicago than Gabby’s Barber Shop.

Gabby’s Barber Shop has received hundreds of reviews with an average rating of 4.64 stars, earning them a wonderful Rating Score™ of 96.44 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five barber shops in all of Illinois!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“[This was my] first time getting a cut in Chicago, and I couldn’t be happier with my choice! I went on a busy Saturday, so there was a bit of a wait but nothing terrible. I had a great experience and an even greater cut! I will definitely be coming back!” – Mike V.

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We wanted to learn all about Gabby’s Barber Shop and its impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with the owner, RJ.

The first question we had for RJ was what is it that sets Gabby’s Barber Shop apart from their competition in Illinois. Here’s RJ’s response:

“I think people really like the vibe and atmosphere of our shop. We also don’t have a lot of turnover with our barbers, so there is a lot of familiarity and consistency. It is comforting for clients to have the same barber.”

RJ went on to tell us that Gabby’s has been at its current location since 1985. RJ’s great uncle, Wayne Kauffman, started working there right around that same time. Wayne later took over the shop in 1992. RJ started cutting hair there at an early age in 2000 and then took over as owner himself about eight years ago.

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Gabby’s Barber Shop and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what RJ had to say:

“We take a lot of pride in what we do. I can’t let someone leave my chair unless I’ve felt like I’ve done a great job. I want to make people happy by giving them a great haircut.”

Building Success by Listening to Their Customers

RJ attributes Gabby’s Barber Shop’s strong online reputation to their commitment to listening to their customers:

“We try to listen to what people want. I think that is what translates to great reviews. We don’t ask for reviews at all, which means our clients are just really satisfied with their experience and haircut, and want to share that with everyone else.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Gabby’s Barber Shop has gotten their name out there through referrals and word of mouth.

There are so many business owners out there looking to build the kind of online reputation Gabby’s Barber Shop has. Here’s RJ’s expert advice for them:

“Do your homework before you get started. Don’t ever get too full of yourself, either, and always be genuine.”


Congratulations to the team at Gabby’s Barber Shop for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, RJ, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Gabby’s Barber Shop in Chicago. Visit their website today!

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