Pennsylvania’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: Another Planet Barber Shop, LLC

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Another Planet Barber Shop, LLC is a 2019 award winner for barber shops in Pennsylvania!

For a one-of-a-kind barber shop experience and an out-of-this-world haircut, there’s no better barber shop to turn to than Another Planet Barber Shop, LLC.

Another Planet Barber Shop, LLC has received more than 150 reviews with an average rating of 4.93 stars, earning them a phenomenal Rating Score™ of 97.30 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five barber shops in all of Pennsylvania!

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

“I tried a few shops after relocating to Philly and experienced a struggle attempting to find someone who can work well with my hair type. I finally stumbled upon Another Planet and Sci-Fi, [and I had] the best experience in a shop I’ve had since I started wearing short cuts. She’s timely, efficient, welcoming and offers fair prices given the experience that one has in her shop.” – S.H.

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We wanted to learn all about Another Planet Barber Shop, LLC and its impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with the owner, Jacqué “Sci-Fi” Scott.

The first question we had for Jacqué was what is it that sets Another Planet Barber Shop, LLC apart from their competition in Pennsylvania. Jacqué told us that Another Planet was opened in August of 2016 and that her barber name — “Sci-Fi” — originated from a car accident she had in 2014, where she was thrown 20 feet from her vehicle. She was in a coma for several days after the accident, and she said that the only reason she is still alive is by the grace of God and an angel who moved her out of the street before she was hit by a semi.

Jacqué shared with us that the vehicle left her with a traumatic brain injury that distorted her vision, making her see double, which she refers to as her “powers”:

“My brain was so swollen that all of the pressure on the nerves was making my eyes do crazy things. As the swelling went down, I finally got my vision crystal-clear from the front, but if I tilt my head or use the peripheral perspective, that’s when ‘Sci-Fi’ and my powers are revealed.”

Jacqué told us that her powers help her to look at cutting hair a little differently than others.

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Another Planet Barber Shop, LLC and how they work to make the world a better place. Jacqué told us that they put on a lot of cool events for their community, such as “Stars vs. Planets — a basketball tournament giving customers a chance to beat their barber — “Weekend Lift-Off” — which features a live DJ.

Jacqué went on to add:

“I’ve got a big heart, and I’ve got a lot that I want to do. I’m just so happy to be getting this recognition for simply doing what I love. I’m proud to be a demonstration of putting 10,000 hours into what you do, perfecting it and giving back.”

Building Success by Asking for Reviews

Jacqué attributes Another Planet Barber Shop, LLC’s strong online reputation to her commitment to asking for reviews:

“I do ask, like, ‘Hey, I know you loved your experience and loved the haircut, I would love for you to tell the world!’ But, yes, they are all genuine, every single one of them.”

Jacqué also shared a bit about her future plans:

“Next up, I have two major projects. I have Another Planet Academy, a school that I’m going to open up down here in Philly… With that, I’ll be able to train more barber teachers and more managers, along with cosmetology as well, and ultimately give students their license. There are so many people who are still working who don’t have their license, maybe because they can’t afford it. I’m going to be offering financial aid, so there aren’t any excuses for getting your correct credentials. I want to get them on a path to greatness, where we’re all really destined to be. It’s just a matter of taking those steps every day to get there. Then the second project is going to be my mobile barbershop. It’s Another Planet Barber Shuttle — ‘Bring the shop to you!’ It’ll be a mini replica of Another Planet Barbershop on wheels coming to you.”

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

“If I could put five years in a summary, I would say faith and work is the formula. Without those two, it doesn’t matter what plan you have; it isn’t going to come to pass unless you give that plan to a higher power. To come off the cloud, believe in yourself and don’t wait for anyone. Make it happen yourself and give back abundantly. There is no stop — there may be a break, but there is no stop. Every day, we have the choice to get up. I always ask my clients, ‘What is it that your heart desires?’ The first thing you think about in the morning, that’s what you need to do every day, all day. Be the best at it, and do that with your heart and make sure that your heart is involved. If you believe in yourself, and believe in the Father, you’re going to get there. Nobody else can tell you otherwise if you relentlessly believe in yourself.”


Congratulations to the team at Another Planet Barber Shop, LLC for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Jacqué, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Another Planet Barber Shop, LLC in Philadelphia. Visit their website today!

Pennsylvania’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: DiDi & Smiling John’s Traditional Barber Shop & Salon

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that DiDi & Smiling John’s Traditional Barber Shop & Salon is a two-time 2019 award winner in Pennsylvania!

For an unbeatable barber shop experience and a great haircut, you won’t find a better option than DiDi & Smiling John’s Traditional Barber Shop & Salon.

DiDi & Smiling John’s Traditional Barber Shop & Salon has received hundreds of reviews on five verified sites with an average rating of 4.87 stars, earning them a marvelous Rating Score™ of 98.71 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for being ranked among the top 100 businesses and the number one barber shop in all of Pennsylvania!

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

“This place is fantastic. If you’re tired of looking like your mom still cuts your hair with a Flowbee, you need to visit Didi & Smiling John’s. [They have a] great atmosphere, rational prices and terrific service, so stop wasting time reading another glowing review on this place, and go check them out.” – Bo T.

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We wanted to learn more about this two-time award winner and how they managed to build such an impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with DiDi Shilling, co-owner of DiDi & Smiling John’s Traditional Barber Shop & Salon.

The first thing we wanted to know was what makes DiDi & Smiling John’s Traditional Barber Shop & Salon a one-of-a-kind barber shop in Pennsylvania. Here’s what DiDi had to say:

“When my husband and I opened this place eight years ago, we just intended to create a space for people that didn’t have a space to be. We just wanted to create a home for people. We just wanted somewhere where people could be themselves, be happy and just be a positive light in our community. We just wanted to be a good place for people to spend time, network, fellowship and make friends. And, we’re really good at doing hair. But mostly, we never felt comfortable anywhere we worked, and we wanted to create a space where hairdressers and barbers could be successful and their clients could be happy. We just wanted a positive environment for people to work and be.”

We also asked DiDi what their mission is at DiDi & Smiling John’s Traditional Barber Shop & Salon and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s her response:

“We are very dedicated to being inclusive. We are very dedicated to serving the underserved community in regards to people who are different for whatever reason, or people who feel different or look different…just people who don’t feel good where they are, we just want to make them feel good. We just want to make a place for everybody to just be together. My personal mission statement for business is,’In this building, everyone is different, but we are all equal. We celebrate our differences and find fellowship in our likenesses.’”

DiDi added:

“People try to make hairdressing and barbering this hoity-toity, uppity kind of a thing, but we really all have a servant’s hearts here. We just want to serve our clients and our community, and we just try to do what we can to be helpful. Whether it’s behind our chair or out in the community, people just know that they can count on us.”

Building Success by Being Nice

DiDi attributes DiDi & Smiling John’s Traditional Barber Shop & Salon’s strong online reputation to their commitment to always being nice:

“Just be nice. That’s my secret.”

DiDi went on to add:

“If you treat people well, they will treat you well in return. Our clients are very good. We’ve never really asked for reviews and things like that. They just do them.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, DiDi & Smiling John’s Traditional Barber Shop & Salon has gotten their name out there through word of mouth and by giving back to their community:

“We received a reward last year for our work with an autistic individual; we helped him socialize and find a little bit of a more comfortable place in the world. We are very grateful to have done that. We volunteered at a local rehabilitation clinic to give them haircuts to try to make them feel good, so that they could be good.”

Every business owner wants to build the kind of online reputation DiDi & Smiling John’s Traditional Barber Shop & Salon has. When we asked DiDi what advice she has for those business owners, she said:

“A strong, navigable website is number one. I find, honestly, that something that is very useful to me is being very transparent in our social media. We post our successes, our failures and our questions, and we allow our customers to be a part of what we do here. We give them options… When people see that you’re real and that you’re present, they respect that. So you just have to make sure that your online presence represents accurately when they come into your business.”


Congratulations to the team at DiDi & Smiling John’s Traditional Barber Shop & Salon for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, DiDi, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend DiDi & Smiling John’s Traditional Barber Shop & Salon in York. Visit their website today!

Pennsylvania’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: Meister’s Barbershop

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Meister’s Barbershop is an award winner for barber shops in 2019.

If you are looking for an excellent, local barber shop that knows a thing or two about customer service and style, look no further than this award-winning company!

Meister’s Barbershop has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across four different verified sites with an average rating of 4.94 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 97.38 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top three barber shops in Pennsylvania!

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

“Meister’s is a fantastic barber shop. They have great people, great entertainment, great music, and most of all, great cuts. You have to book an appointment to get in, but that means no unnecessary waiting, and you can rely on their timeliness. You’ll love getting a cut from anyone in the shop.” – J.B.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Meister’s Barbershop is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We were excited to learn all about Meister’s Barbershop and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the owner, Rob Baumeister.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Meister’s Barbershop stand apart from its competitors. Rob told us that the main reason people keep coming back to his shop is because, at Meister’s, they really listen to their clients and understand what they want in terms of style. They value treating people right and make sure that their clients are comfortable and appreciated.

Rob told us about why he started this business, and what mission drives them today:

“I have always loved cutting hair, and I wanted to put up a nice shop that catered towards the culture of the area. I wanted to connect with the people in the area and give them a shop that they wanted and could call their own.”

Building Success By Treating People Right

Meister’s Barbershop has grown in both success and reputation, and Rob said that it’s all thanks to word of mouth and referrals. He also told us that he never asks people to leave reviews; they just leave feedback if they feel like the service. With nearly 1,000 reviews, that truly says something about the quality of service offered at Meister’s.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Meister’s Barbershop has managed to. We asked if Rob could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what he had to say:

“People just want to feel welcomed, appreciated, and respected. If you are asking for someone to give you money, you have to treat them right.”


Congratulations to Meister’s Barbershop for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Rob for taking the time to speak with us!

Indiana’s Top Rated Local® Beauty Salons and Spas Award Winner: Hair Crafters

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Hair Crafters is an award winner for beauty salons and spas in 2019.

If you are looking for a beauty salon that will get you looking and feeling your best, look no further than this award-winning company!

Hair Crafters has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across five different verified sites with an average rating of 4.98 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 99.85 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top 15 businesses and one of the top three beauty salons and spas in Indiana!

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

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Hair Crafters is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Beauty Salon

Hair Crafters is a community staple, centrally located in South Bend, Indiana. This family-owned salon has been in business for 43 years, and its employees have a combined 50 years of experience.

We were excited to learn all about Hair Crafters and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the owner, Jean. Jean said that she is very proud of her staff and customers. She told us that their reputation speaks for itself, and that they believe in excellent communication and doing what they can to make sure their employees and customers are happy.

Building Success And Giving Back

Hair Crafters has built up an inspiring reputation, so we asked Jean what she has done to market and grow this business. She said that she does a lot to keep in touch with her customer base, like sending out monthly newsletters. As far as their reputation online, they have gotten many referrals from their happy customers. The staff at Hair Crafters also believes in giving back to their community, so they offer free haircuts to the local homeless population and to people who have recently transitioned out of jail.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Hair Crafters has managed to. We asked if Jean could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“Treat your customers well, and get them to talk about you. Get opinions online for those that are happy with the service.”


Congratulations to Hair Crafters for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Jean for taking the time to speak with us!

Tennessee’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: Jerry’s Barbershop

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Jerry’s Barbershop is a 2019 award winner for barber shops in Tennessee!

If you’re in need of a great haircut in Knoxville, you won’t find a better barber shop to turn to than Jerry’s Barbershop.

Jerry’s Barbershop has received more than 175 reviews on four verified sites with an average rating of 4.91 stars, earning them an outstanding Rating Score™ of 97.15 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five barber shops in all of Tennessee!

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

“Jerry was the first one to ever cut my son’s hair. That was almost 13 years ago, and he still does to this day! I’ve never found a nicer person or a better atmosphere than Jerry’s! I highly recommend this place to everyone needing a great barber!” – Tammy W.

Not Your Average Barber Shop

Jerry Daugherty, the owner of Jerry’s Barbershop, generously gave us a few minutes of her time to tell us about this one-of-a-kind business and its award-winning online reputation.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that sets Jerry’s Barbershop apart from the many other barber shops in Tennessee. Here’s Jerry’s response:

“You have to separate yourself. I wouldn’t try to get someone to leave their barber shop if they had one, but I can guarantee that, once they came here, they would want to stay for the environment. It’s somewhere a single guy can come to, but it’s also somewhere where a family of four can come.”

We also wanted to know why they do what they do at Jerry’s Barbershop and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Jerry had to say:

“Every day, I want to come to work and make that guy or girl have a better day. If you put a fresh cut on somebody, they will already be in a better mood. If you can stand here and be a friend to them, customer by customer, you are making the world a better place.”

Building Success by Providing the Best Products at the Best Prices

When we asked Jerry about Jerry’s Barbershop’s secret to such a strong online reputation, he said:

“My format was to try to emulate the place I worked before, which was a good neighborhood barber shop. We have the best product at the best price. Guys like to come to take a load off and chill. You sell yourself as much as the haircut. We are active in events and sporting events, and are a part of the community. We are hands on, and we really care.”

Outside of building the kind of online reputation any business owner would envy, Jerry’s Barbershop has spread the word about who they are and what they do by being involved in their community, as well as through the word of mouth spread by their happy clients.

Clearly, Jerry knows a thing or two about growing a business and building an online reputation. Here’s his expert advice for the many other business owners out there:

“Your character comes out in your business. Really find out who’s in your community and know your area. Be there for the community. Know the community. Make your product the best, and offer yourself in your service. You have to be involved in your community. Add a little bit of personal service, offer a good product and extend yourself, because that is what is missing in the digital age.”


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

We highly recommend Jerry’s Barbershop in Knoxville. Visit their Facebook page today!

Maine’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: Jay’s BarberShop

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Jay’s BarberShop is a 2019 award winner for barber shops in Maine!

If you’re looking for a great haircut and a one-of-a-kind barber shop experience, look no further than Jay’s BarberShop in Brunswick.

Jay’s BarberShop has received dozens of reviews on three verified sites with an average rating of 4.85 stars, earning them a magnificent Rating Score™ of 94.53 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five barber shops in all of Maine!

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

“Simply stated, Jay gives the best haircut in the Brunswick area. He does an exceptional job, [is a] great conversationalist and always has great music playing in the shop. [I] will not go anywhere else!” – Kevin D.

A One-of-a-Kind Barber Shop’s Secret to a Strong Online Reputation

Jay’s BarberShop has managed to build the kind of reputation any business owner would envy, and to learn a little more about that reputation and this one-of-a-kind business, we sat down with the owner, Jay himself.

The first thing we wanted to know was what makes Jay’s BarberShop unique compared to the many other barber shops in Maine. Jay told us:

“There is no one other barber shop around that offers that atmosphere we provide. We are the only traditional barbershop within 25 miles. We have an eccentric barbershop, and we also have every type of instrument, including guitars, a ukulele, a piano and a drum set. It really is a unique place where everyone gets to learn how to play music and can come to get a haircut. We strive to create a place where you want to hang out, not where you want to work.”

When we asked what the secret is to such a solid online reputation at Jay’s BarberShop, Jay pointed to the great customer service they provide each and every day, and said:

“You don’t have to convince anyone of anything.”

Making the World a Better Place by Building Confidence

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

“From the root of the service, we make people feel better about who they are and how they feel. We build confidence for people about to go to an interview or a wedding. The music aspect is important, and we encourage people that they can learn music no matter what stage of life they are in.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Jay’s BarberShop has grown through billboards and the visibility that comes from being located on a main road; however, according to Jay, more of their business comes from word of mouth.

It’s clear that Jay knows a thing or two about growing a business and building an online reputation. Here’s his expert advice for the many other business owners out there:

“Take the chance, and take a gamble on yourself. Don’t wait; just do it and get started.”


Congratulations to the team at Jay’s BarberShop for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner!

We highly recommend Jay’s BarberShop in Brunswick. Visit their website today!

Connecticut’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shop Award Winner: 180 Barbershop

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that 180 Barbershop is an award winner for barber shops in 2019.

If you are looking for a barber shop that will get you looking and feeling your best, look no further than this award-winning company!

180 Barbershop has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across three different verified sites with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 96.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top five barber shops in Connecticut!

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

“I am very satisfied with my haircut at 180. Their shop looks newly renovated and very nice. The waiting time wasn’t long, and the service was great!” – T.A.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that 180 Barbershop is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We were excited to learn all about 180 Barbershop and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the Co-Owner (with Jason Carrillo), Thomas Mitchell.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes 180 Barbershop stand apart from its competitors. Thomas told us that they have an all-star team, so it doesn’t matter which chair you sit in, you will still get exceptional service. Their space is clean, efficient, and professional. He told us that their business name refers to the turnaround experience, from coming in, then being seen and feeling better to finally, walking out of the shop with your chin up and a rush of confidence.

Building Success And Giving Back

180 Barbershop has earned a wonderful reputation, and Thomas said that a lot of their focus has been on building a large, loyal client base. When we asked what they have done to market and grow their company, he said that word of mouth has been huge for them. They also have a presence on social media.

180 Barbershop has also been recognized in their community, where they are always looking for ways to give back. Thomas said:

“We offer free cuts in the community for the homeless, as well as back to school cuts for kids. If there’s any chance to volunteer to help those less fortunate, we try to take it.”

Of course, 180 Barbershop has also benefited from online reviews. We asked Thomas what their secret has been for getting those reviews, and he said:

“All of our reviews are organic. The level of professionalism and the extra effort to greet and say goodbye to clients is clear. We are very intentional about the conversations we have with clients and are very personable with them. We have a clean shop, good music, and an easy booking system.”

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as 180 Barbershop has managed to. We asked if Thomas could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what he had to say:

“Set a vision, then a standard. You should have a vision of what you want to do and accomplish, then set a standard that you are always pushing to uphold. It is easy to get complacent, but you should want to chase after that standard every day and hold up a level of expertise and excellence.”


Congratulations to 180 Barbershop for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Thomas for taking the time to speak with us!

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!

Illinois’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: Empire Barbershop

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Empire Barbershop is a 2019 award winner for barber shops in Illinois!

When you need a great haircut in Bloomington, there’s no better barber shop to turn to than Empire Barbershop.

Empire Barbershop has received more than 100 reviews with an average rating of 4.86 stars, earning them a phenomenal Rating Score™ of 96.62 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 the] first time I had visited this shop, and I was blown away. Jamounte greeted me right away, and I felt at home the entire time. He cut my entire head with a straight razor and got my beard looking great. We talked for 30 minutes like we were best friends. I won’t go anywhere else to get my haircut again. This place knows how to treat people, and I’m happy to support a great local business!!” – Jamie T.

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We wanted to learn all about Empire Barbershop and its impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with the owner, Jamonte Stewart.

The first question we had for Jamonte was what is it that sets Empire Barbershop apart from his competition in Illinois. Jamonte told us that what sets him apart from other barbers is the time he puts into every haircut.

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Empire Barbershop and how they work to make the world a better place. Jamonte shared with us that, when you do your hair, it makes you feel good, and when you take care of yourself, it helps you take better care of the community.

Building Success by Taking His Time

Jamonte attributes Empire Barbershop’s strong online reputation to their commitment to always taking his time with his customers.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Empire Barbershop has gotten their name out there solely through word of mouth, which says something about the kind of service Jamonte offers his customers.

There are so many business owners out there looking to build the kind of online reputation Empire Barbershop has. When we asked what advice he has for them, Jamonte emphasized the importance of utilizing the resources you have to find information, like the internet.


Congratulations to the team at Empire Barbershop for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Jamonte, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Empire Barbershop in Bloomington. Visit their Facebook page today!

Connecticut’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: Finesse Cuts Barber Shop

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Finesse Cuts Barber Shop is an award winner for barber shops in 2019.

If you are looking for a barber shop that will help get you looking and feeling your best, look no further than this award-winning company!

Finesse Cuts Barber Shop has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across four different verified sites with an average rating of 4.73 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 95.26 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top five barber shops in Connecticut!

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

“I have been coming to Finesse Cuts and getting my haircut by Ernesto for almost two years. He does an excellent job and knows what you mean when you ask him for a style. I like the vibe and the fact that it is located on Main Street. I definitely recommend giving him a call and making an appointment.” – M.J.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Finesse Cuts Barber Shop is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We were excited to learn all about Finesse Cuts Barber Shop and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the owner, Ernesto Vargas.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Finesse Cuts Barber Shop stand apart from its competitors. Ernresto said that he likes to let his work do the talking. Seeing some of the happy Finesse fans and the glowing reviews they have left for this barber shop is enough to know that, when you choose Finesse, you are going to get an excellent haircut from a dedicated and knowledgeable staff.

Building Success And Supporting The Community

Finesse Cuts Barber Shop has earned a fantastic reputation, so we were excited to hear about some of the ways they have gotten their name out and grown their business over the years. Ernesto said that he likes to make things easy for his clients, so he has an online booking option available to them. When it comes to getting their name out, Ernesto said that he likes to do a lot of networking and promoting, and has even had a few famous people come by the shop. More than anything, Ernesto said that he does what he can to support the community, where they participate in basketball tournaments and charity drives. He said that he is always looking for ways to support the local community.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Finesse Cuts Barber Shop has managed to. We asked if Ernesto could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what he had to say:

“You need hard work and dedication. Always communicate. Use Instagram and social media.”

Ernesto ended our chat with this heartfelt thanks to the people that got him where he is today:

“I couldn’t have accomplished any of this without all of my supporters.”


Congratulations to Finesse Cuts Barber Shop for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Ernesto for taking the time to speak with us!