New Mexico’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shop Award Winner: Basement Barbers

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Basement Barbers is a 2019 award winner!

As one of the top 10 barbershops in the entire state of New Mexico, Basement Barbers has earned a 91.06 Rating Score™ and a 4.61 average star rating on verified review sites. This is just one of the fantastic reviews that got them here:

“I’ve been going to Basement Barbers to get a haircut for almost two years now. Joey is, by far, the best in town. Not only is he my barber, but he’s also family. He legitimately loves and cares about all his customers like family. [Heck], I don’t even go to school in town and every time I wait to come back just to get a cut from Joey. He IS THE MAN.” Amit B.

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We spoke with Joey Brixx, the ower of Basement Barbers, about his business’ tremendous online reputation.

Of course, as an award-winning business, Basement Barbers has something that makes them stand out among their competition. When we asked Joey what that is, he said, “It’s my attention to detail. You don’t feel uncomfortable in my shop. It’s an intimate experience getting a hair cut, and you don’t want to be around a bunch of people who make you feel like you are going to be overlooked. It’s a personalized experience.”

Joey has dedicated himself to making people feel great throughout the time they’re in his shop. He believes firmly in making people feel cared for. “We need to take more time taking care of each other,” he said. “Our goal is to make people feel valued. We value so many other things than people. Making people feel like they matter in that time they are in the chair.”

Building Success Through Consistency and Vigilance

We wanted to know the Basement Barbers’ secret to success. According to Joey, it’s “Consistency — consistency in your work ethic. I am consistently at the shop and you get the consistency of a good hair cut.”

Joey is an expert when it comes to customer care. That’s why our team wanted to know what advice he had for other businesses that want to improve their online reputation. Here’s what he had to say:

“Truly pay attention to your numbers and to the demographic you are serving. You have to pick a direction and go with it. Even if you make a change, it’s okay. Go with what you know.”


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

Alaska’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shop Award Winner: Hair Science Barber Shop and Barber School

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Hair Science Barber Shop and Barber School is one of the top 10 barber shops in Alaska for 2019!

With a 4.79 average star rating, a 92.93 Rating Score™, and more than 100 reviews on verified sites, Hair Science Barber Shop and Barber School is a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner!

“So I just moved here and needed a place to get a trim. This Place was amazing. Everyone was so nice and friendly. They all came over and introduced themselves, which I found really personable. The shop was super clean and had a really nice vibe. Drew was killer; he explained everything up front and did an awesome job! I really like what he did!! Will be going back or following Drew wherever he goes”

Not Your Average Barber Shop

Shawn, the owner of Hair Science Barber Shop and Barber School, took some time to speak with us about his business’ impressive online reputation.

What sets Hair Science Barber Shop and Barber School apart from other barber shops in Alaska? According to Shawn, it’s the unique experience they provide to their clients. “We call it ‘The Hair Science Experience.’ You are the superstar for 30 minutes to an hour,” he said.

Shawn and his team take immense pride in the fact that they help people love how they look. To the Hair Science Barber Shop and Barber School team, barbering isn’t just a job; it’s an opportunity to boost people’s self-esteem. When asked why he does what he does, Shawn said, “We want to make people more confident. We want to do a great job with haircuts and grooming. We focus a lot on community. We have this event called “Operation Reborn” every second Sunday of the month where we offer FREE haircuts for homeless people, single parents, unemployed people, etc.”

Building Success Through Consistency

Of course, we were particularly interested in finding out the Hair Science Barber Shop and Barber School’s secret to success. In Shawn’s words, it’s actually pretty simple. When we asked, he said, “It’s all about consistently putting the client’s experience first.”

As the owner of the award-winning Hair Science Barber Shop and Barber School, Shawn has quite a bit of wisdom to share with other business owners. Here’s the advice he gave us to share with you:

“Be consistent. We post every single day. We are always creating content.”


Congratulations to the team at Hair Science Barber Shop and Barber School for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Shawn, for taking the time to speak with us!

Virginia’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shop Award Winner: 5 Star Cuts

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that 5 Star Cuts is a 2019 award winner for barber shops in Virginia!

For a great haircut in Chesapeake, there’s no better barber shop to turn to than 5 Star Cuts.

5 Star Cuts has received dozens of reviews on three verified sites with an average rating of 4.96 stars, earning them an incredible Rating Score™ of 95.63 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 barber shops in all of Virginia!

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

“Great experience at 5 Star Cuts! They really make you feel welcome as soon as you walk in the door. [They are the] best and most professional barbers I’ve been to, hands down.” – Cornelius B.

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We took a few minutes to talk with Kenneth Pittman, the owner of 5 Star Cuts, to learn a little more about the business and how they managed to build such an impressive online reputation.

The first thing we wanted to know is what sets 5 Star Cuts apart from the many other barber shops in Virginia. Kenneth pointed to their professionalism, to their commitment to being prompt and on time and to their ability to not only cut every hair type but to do it well.

We also asked Kenneth why he does what he does at 5 Star Cuts and how he works to make the world a better place. Here’s what he had to say:

“Too many people are caught up in the money side of things in the field of barbering. Being a barber is an underrated profession. I want to change the perception of what people think of the profession.”

Building Success Through Next-Level Service

Kenneth credits 5 Star Cuts’ strong online reputation to their commitment to providing outstanding service to every single person who walks through their door:

“Our goal was to provide a service to every ethnic group and treat people with the utmost respect. Then, our clients started leaving reviews without us asking. Moms can bring their kids and feel comfortable; we really live by the golden standard.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Kenneth has grown 5 Star Cuts through direct mail, fliers, social media, word of mouth and digital marketing. This year, he plans to focus more on the digital side of things.

Clearly, Kenneth understands a thing or two about how to grow a business and build an online reputation. Here’s his advice for the many other business owners out there working to do the same thing:

“Be genuine; be inviting; greet them at the door, and make them feel welcome. If you’re a barber shop, don’t brand yourself by letting bad haircuts walk out the door. Put the customer first — always.”


Congratulations to the team at 5 Star Cuts for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Kenneth, for taking the time to speak with us!

If you’re looking for a great haircut in Chesapeake, we highly recommend 5 Star Cuts!

New Mexico’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: The Center Barber & Beauty Shop

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that The Center Barber & Beauty Shop is a 2019 award winner for barber shops in New Mexico!

If you’re looking for a classic barber shop experience, look no further than The Center Barber & Beauty Shop in Santa Fe.

The Center Barber & Beauty Shop has received more than 150 reviews on three verified sites with an average rating of 4.62 stars, earning them a superb Rating Score™ of 92.19 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 barber shops in New Mexico!

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

“This barber shop is the best in Santa Fe. I go to Jude, and no matter what I ask for, I always get a great cut that both men and women compliment. As a professional female with a short style, it is extremely hard to find a person (barber or stylist) that I am comfortable with but who can also do a cut that fits my style. Jude is that guy. He’s a rare talent. The Center definitely has a higher quality staff than other shops I’ve been to. I’ve seen all the barbers and stylists send out AMAZING work. I just happen to think Jude is the best.” – Jody

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We sat down with Jude, the owner of The Center Barber & Beauty Shop, to learn a little more about what makes them stand out and how they managed to build such an impressive online reputation.

The first thing we wanted to know was what sets The Center Barber & Beauty Shop apart from other barber shops in New Mexico. Jude points to the traditional barber shop feel and look they offer, as well as to the higher level of service they offer compared to their competition.

Building Success Through Persistence

Jude credits The Center Barber & Beauty Shop’s strong online reputation to his team’s persistence.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Jude has grown The Center Barber & Beauty Shop through word of mouth, which is a testament to the next-level service they provide day in and day out.

There are so many other business owners out there working to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Jude’s expert advice for those business owners:

“Keep quality constant, and stay persistent.”


Congratulations to the team at The Center Barber & Beauty Shop for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Jude, for taking the time to speak with us!

For an unmatched barber-shop experience in Santa Fe, we highly recommend The Center Barber & Beauty Shop. Visit their website today!

Oregon’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: L&K Barber Shop

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that L&K Barber Shop is a 2018 award winner for barber shops in Oregon!

If you’re looking for a barber shop that can provide you with a great haircut and a family-friendly atmosphere, look no further than L&K Barber Shop in Bend.

L&K Barber Shop has received dozens of reviews on two verified sites with an average rating of 4.86 stars, earning them a spectacular Rating Score™ of 92.57 and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 barber shops in all of Oregon!

“This place is a gem! I stopped in for a neck trim, and Tracy did an awesome job. She is highly skilled and a very kind person. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. I’d highly recommend this barber shop!” – David L.

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We sat down with Debbie Bennett, the owner of L&K Barber Shop, to find out what makes them different. Here’s what she had to say:

“We’re old school! We just stay simple and hire good people. Our turnover is also very low! A lot of places in town serve alcohol, but we don’t. We’re very family friendly!”

We also asked Debbie why she does what she does. Here’s her response:

“Thirty years ago, I went to beauty college to be a stylist. The people that owned the shop asked me to come work for them. I turned them down because I wanted to be a stylist. I tried it for a month, and have been here for 27 years. I bought the shop this year.”

Building Success Through Great Haircuts

Debbie credits L&K Barber Shop’s strong online reputation to the fact that they make their clients happy with expert haircuts:

“Most of them leave reviews all by themselves. We don’t really ask them to. They do it because they’re happy with their haircut.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Debbie has grown her business by updating their status on Google and Facebook and through word of mouth. Apart from that, they haven’t had to do any kind of advertising.

There are many other business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Debbie’s expert advice for those business owners:

“I believe in my heart that any good business is driven by word of mouth. When people talk about you, you’ll get more business!”


Congratulations to the team at L&K Barber Shop for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Debbie, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend stopping by L&K Barber Shop when you want an unbeatable haircut in Bend. Visit their website today!

Alabama’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: Etheridge Brothers and Sister Barber and Beauty Shop

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Etheridge Brothers and Sister Barber and Beauty Shop is a 2019 award winner for barber shops in Alabama!

If you’re looking for an unbeatable haircut in Birmingham, look no further than Etheridge Brothers and Sister Barber and Beauty Shop.

Etheridge Brothers and Sister Barber and Beauty Shop has received dozens of reviews on three verified sites with an average rating of 4.74 stars, earning them a phenomenal Rating Score™ of 88.68 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 barber shops in all of Alabama!

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

“I have two boys, and we could not find a barber, being that we were new in town from MS. [I] asked around, and this place was highly recommended, so we gave it a try and have been coming for the last five months! Great service and fast!” – Juanita M.

Not Your Average Barber Shop

The customer service provided by Etheridge Brothers and Sister Barber and Beauty Shop is second to none, and they work hard to build strong relationships with their clients. They also have their own unique personal touch that has helped grow the business.

Etheridge Brothers and Sister Barber and Beauty Shop has provided such great service that many of their customers have been coming to them for years. In fact, Willie Etheridge Jr., the owner of Etheridge Brothers, told us that he’s still cutting hair for many people who’ve come to him since they were kids, and now he cuts their children’s hair, too!

We sat down with Willie to find out why he does what he does and how they work to make the world a better place at Etheridge Brothers and Sister Barber and Beauty Shop. Here’s what he had to say:

“I get the chance to talk to people and learn about their lives. A lot of people have problems, and when they come into the barber shop, they get to share themselves and become part of the community. We become real personal with our clients, and it shows because they return time and time again.”

Building Success Through Experience and Great Customer Service

We asked Willie what his business’ secret to such a strong online reputation. Here’s his response:

“Our name is credible; we’ve been in business for over 50 years. My father started the business, and he has six brothers who all became barbers. All the brothers would cut in one shop. I’m a triplet, and I have a brother and a sister. We joined the family business, and we got so big we had to expand to other locations in the city. We had six locations in the city, and now we have four. People come back because of our quality work and our customer service.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Etheridge Brothers has grown through community involvement — they sometimes cut hair for free in the community — and word of mouth.

There are many other business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Willie’s expert advice for those business owners:

“Your work will speak for itself. If you do good work, people will recommend you.”


Congratulations to the team at Etheridge Brothers and Sister Barber and Beauty Shop for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Willie, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Etheridge Brothers and Sister Barber and Beauty Shop in Birmingham. Visit their website today!

Oregon’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: Ayman’s Barbershop

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Ayman’s Barbershop is a 2018 award winner for barber shops in Oregon!

If you’re looking for a great haircut from an experienced barber, look no further than Ayman’s Barbershop in Beaverton.

Ayman’s Barbershop has received more than 100 reviews on three verified sites with an average rating of 4.86 stars, earning it a fantastic Rating Score™ of 94.57 and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 barber shops in all of Oregon!

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

“Ayman is the real deal. I’ve been looking for a good barber since my last guy retired, and I’m super pleased with the results. You have to make an appointment pretty far in advance right now, but it is well worth the wait.” – Cody S.

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We sat down with Ayman Saleh, the owner of Ayman’s Barbershop, to find out what sets it apart from other shops in Beaverton and in Oregon as a whole. Here’s what he had to say:

“[I offer] quality cuts in a clean and modern shop. The haircut and services I provide are unique in that I combine middle eastern and western barbering techniques to give my clients a look that is sure to draw many compliments. I keep myself updated on the latest styles and techniques.”

We also wanted to know why Ayman does what he does and how Ayman’s Barbershop works to make the world a better place. Here’s his response:

“I’ve been a barber for 28 years and consider myself an artist. I have a true love and passion for my craft and making people look their best. That is what drives me and brings me to work every day. I believe a great haircut can make someone feel better about themselves and give them confidence to go out and face the world. I consider this my contribution to society. I am in the business of putting a smile on people’s faces by making them feel good and look good!”

Building Success Through Quality Cuts and Attention to Detail

When asked what his shop’s secret is to such a strong online reputation, Ayman had this to say:

“I have a network of clients leaving reviews without being solicited. As the owner, I’m very responsive in a timely manner when I get an online review.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Ayman’s Barbershop has grown from referrals:

“By being attentive to details when giving my clients quality cuts, they are eager to tell family and friends about the shop and my work. As a result, I have a large network of clients that are pure referrals.”

There are many other business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Ayman’s expert advice for those business owners:

“Take care of the clients/customers and respect their time by being on time and efficient in your work. It’s also important to value every interaction and to remember that every customer matters and that the little details are important in maintaining a long-lasting and successful business model.”


Congratulations to Ayman’s Barbershop for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Ayman, for taking the time to speak with us!

For an unbeatable haircut in Beaverton, we highly recommend scheduling an appointment with Ayman’s Barbershop. Visit his website today!

New Mexico’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: Finesse Barber Studio

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Finesse Barber Studio is a two-time Top Rated Local award winner in New Mexico for 2019!

If you’re looking for an unbeatable haircut and a next-level experience, look no further than Finesse Barber Studio in Albuquerque.

Finesse Barber Studio has received hundreds of reviews on four verified sites with an average rating of 4.84 stars, earning them a stupendous Rating Score™ of 96.43 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards — one for ranking among the top 100 businesses in New Mexico and one for ranking among the top 10 barber shops in New Mexico!

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

“This barbershop is definitely a top choice. They have excellent equipment, excellent workers and a perfect environment. The barbers are very professional, and whatever style you have, all of them can make it happen.” – Michael M.

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We sat down with Michelle, a manager at Finesse Barber Studio, to find out what makes them a one-of-a-kind barber shop. Here’s what she had to say:

“If you step in the shop, you will immediately see how customer-service-oriented we are. We want everyone to feel comfortable and happy being in our shop. We strive to keep the shop as clean as possible as well.”

We also asked Michelle why they do what they do at Finesse Barber Shop and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s her response:

“We do what we do because we love to see people leave the shop with confidence”

Building Success Through the Best Barbers and the Best Service

Michelle credits Finesse Barber Studio’s powerful online reputation to their barbers — who, according to Michelle, are the best in the industry — and to the fact that they always strive to provide the very best service:

“We don’t really ask for reviews, we just provide the best service possible hoping that people will spread the word organically.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Finesse Barber Studio has gotten their name out there by growing their clientele base on Instagram. They also give back to their community by sponsoring local youth teams.

There are many business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Michelle’s expert advice for those business owners:

“Always stay consistent, even when times get tough.”


Congratulations to the team at Finesse Barber Studio for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Michelle, for taking the time to speak with us!

If you’re looking for your new go-to barber shop in Albuquerque, we highly recommend scheduling your appointment with Finesse Barber Studio. Visit their website today!

Oregon’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shop Award Winner: Union Barber Co

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce Union Barber Co is a 2018 award winner!

A 93.89 Rating Score™, a 4.79 average star rating, and more than 100 positive reviews on verified review sites make Union Barber Co one of the top 10 barber shops in Oregon for 2018! The following are just two of the phenomenal reviews they’ve received.

“Being African, it’s not easy finding places around the city that do my type of hair. [The person I go to at Union Barber Co] is an excellent barber! The music and environment is top class and conversation’s lively. Easily one of the best barbershops I’ve been in since moving to town. Definitely recommend them 100-percent!” -Myque O.

“After one of the worst haircuts I have ever had at another local ‘chain,’ I was pretty bummed. I did my research and chose Union Barber Co based on Yelp reviews. Also, these guys come from [a local shop that closed down], and after that debacle, a bunch of their barbers went their separate ways, Union Barber Co. being one of them. I was not let down! I have very difficult hair to cut and [my barber] did an absolutely phenomenal job. Everyone in the shop is super welcoming and you get a beer/cider/whiskey/tequila/coffee/root beer on arrival. The haircut comes with a straight edge shave to neaten things up and a good smelling aftershave. I have definitely found my local barber and I will be going back as long as I am in Portland.” -Timothy H.

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

We spoke with Louis Dominion, the owner of Union Barber Co, about the business’ online reputation.

“Simply put, quality in the shop translates to quality on the web,” he said, when asked about the Union Barber Co secret to success. “The level of detail that goes into each and every service in our shop is what sets us apart. We preach quality over quantity, illustrated by our 40-minute haircuts and 40-minute straight razor shaves. This gives us the necessary time to fine-tune each service, and treat our clients to the finest grooming experience in town.”

Making the World a Better Place By Providing A Welcoming Space

Louis and his team believe in preserving the art and experience of an old school barbershop while modernizing in ways that make the shop more inclusive and welcoming than many in the past. Here’s what he said when we asked how he makes a difference:

“Barbering is truly one of the last remnants of what we like to call ‘the good old days.’ In the modernized world, it’s hard for people to put down their phone and interact with the world around them. We don’t have TV’s like a lot of shops, so the human element and sense of community we foster between our barbers and our clients is an integral part of what the Union Barber Co experience is all about; a brief respite from chaos where the hard-working men and women of Portland can kick back, sip on a cold beer or a bourbon, and take some time to unwind.”


Thank you for speaking with us, Louis! Congratulations to the team at Union Barber Co for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner!

Virginia’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: Style Rite Barber Shop

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Style Rite Barber Shop is a 2019 awards winner for barber shops in Virginia!

Whether you’re looking for a traditional barber haircut, a mustache and beard trim or a steam facial, look no further than Style Rite Barber Shop in Virginia Beach.

Style Rite Barber Shop has received more than 100 reviews from four verified sites with an average rating of 4.83 stars, earning them a fantastic Rating Score™ of 96.33 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 barber shops in all of Virginia!

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

“This is my second time coming here, and both times, the service has been outstanding. If you’re searching for a spot that’s affordable and will keep you looking right, definitely check this place out.” – Cameron R.

Not Your Average Barber Shop

Customers at Style Rite Barber Shop enjoy a professional environment. Each barber at Style Rite is unique and up to date on all of the latest styles. They offer old-school shaves and quick, quality service.

When asked why he does what he does, Corey Eckles, the owner of Style Rite Barber Shop and a barber for more than 25 years, shared with us that he loves what he does, he loves working with the community and he employs people who love what they do, too, and who take pride in their work.

Building Success By Giving Back

Corey credits Style Rite’s strong online reputation to their commitment to giving back to their community by working with homeless people, veterans and underprivileged youths.

He also credits Style Rite’s reputation to their family-friendly, customer-centric environment and the promos they offer the local community.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Corey has grown Style Rite Barber Shop through television ads, mailers and marketing on Facebook and Instagram.

We asked Corey what advice he has for the many other business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here are the words of wisdom he shared with us:

“Make sure that when your clients come in, you know they will say good things about you; encourage that through FB, Insta and Google. Offer rewards for reviews as well.”


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

For a great haircut and an unbeatable barber shop experience in Virginia Beach, choose Style Rite Barber Shop. Visit their website today!