Idaho’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: The Beardsmith

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that The Beardsmith 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!

The Beardsmith has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across four different verified sites with an average rating of 4.89 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 96.85 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top three barber shops in Idaho!

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

“This place has amazing service and provides an awesome atmosphere. It is the only place in the area that offers a legit beardsmith service to go with your old school barber experience. Wendy and her crew are talented and trained to the highest standards of the beard and barber game. They offer great beard, mustache, and hair products, including their homemade products, which really stand up to the high-end companies. For an added bonus of customer service, they offer a free beer. If you want the best service and products to keep your beard epic and on-point, The Beardsmith is the only place to be.” – J.G.

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

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We were excited to learn all about The Beardsmith and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the owner, Wendy Rose.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes The Beardsmith stand apart from its competitors. Wendy told us:

“What makes us different is that we do all the old school stuff that nobody wants to do. Everyone that comes to our shop, they get a hot towel and they get a straight razor. We use quality straight razor devices that are not just your chintzy cheap razors. We use top-of-the-line Feather razors and all of the shaving cream is hot-lather. It’s just the old-school stuff that nobody does anymore. We do all of that.”

Wendy went on to tell us about their mission statement and how they work to make every guest feel special. She said:

“Our mission statement is: ‘We provide a service for the regular guy, and we make him the king.’ He’s the king when he comes in. It’s all about the client, it’s all about our patrons.”

Building Success, Online And Off

The Beardsmith has earned a fantastic reputation, so we asked Wendy how they have managed to grow their business and get such great reviews. Wendy told us that, by going above and beyond with their customer service, they end up standing out to their customers. She said:

“People leave us reviews because we offer more than just a haircut or a beard trim; we offer an experience, and our experience is very consistent. Every time someone comes and sees us, it’s more than what they think it’s going to be. It ends up being more than just a haircut or a beard trim. That experience resonates with people, and it all comes from our heart and soul. People love us, so they write about us.”

In addition to building the kind of online reputation that any small business would envy, The Beardsmith has spread the word about who they are and what they do mainly through word of mouth. Wendy also told us about how they give back to their community, saying:

“We align ourselves with men’s mental health, and we donate and work with veterans. We bring awareness to veteran suicide, and we have an open-door policy with people. If anyone, veteran or not, wants to come in because they feel alone or want to be around people, anyone and everyone is welcome to come into our shop and hang out like back in the day. People can come to the barber shop and tell jokes and just kind of hang out and sit with us. We have a real open-door policy for anyone that wants to come in, whether they have an appointment or not, just to come in and hang out and enjoy being with people.”

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

“Do your own thing. Find your true passion, and [do] that. Embodying your true passion is the most important thing. If you’re trying to copy something to gain some sort of status, people see right through it… The minute you start copying things and make someone else’s dream your own, it doesn’t work. You have to stay authentic to your passion; that’s the only way to do it. Also, get your butt up and work every single day.”

Wendy concluded our chat with this touching message:

“I lost my partner, Jeff, the big bearded guy who helped me start this company. It’s been really hard to do this without him. We’re trying to carry on. Everyone has been very supportive, and it really touches my heart that people are still supporting us even though he has passed on.”

She told us that she is trying to keep it all going despite losing Jeff, and said that she is currently looking to hire barbers.


Congratulations to The Beardsmith for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Wendy for taking the time to speak with us!

Utah’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: Bernie & Brothers Barber Co.

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Bernie & Brothers Barber Co. is a second-time 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!

Bernie & Brothers Barber Co. has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across four different verified sites with an average rating of 4.85 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 98.47 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as the number one barber shop in Utah!

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

“Bernie cuts my hair and I always receive amazing service from her. The atmosphere of the barber shop is very friendly and family-like. I always have a good time when I go to Bernie and Brothers. The other barbers are always super nice to me as well. I’ve never had a bad haircut or experience from this shop. I highly recommend it.” – T.R.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Bernie & Brothers Barber Co. is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner for the second year in a row!

More Than The Average Barbershop

We were excited to catch up with Bernie & Brothers Barber Co. and hear about how the last year has gone for them, so we sat down with the owner, Bernie Hiett.

Bernie started off by telling us a bit about their business and their team, as well as what makes them stand out compared to others in the industry. She said that they offer their clients a kind of consistency that isn’t always the norm at other shops. Her barbers have been with the company since it started, so even if she is not available for an appointment herself, the client can still see someone they are familiar with.

When it comes to their accomplishments over the last year, Bernie said that it has been awesome to win Top Rated Local a second time and to have gained such great consistency with their clients and their schedule. She said that they will be celebrating their third year in January, and that it’s so fulfilling to know how booked-out each of them is.

Making It As A Small Business

It takes a lot of courage, and even more hard work to make it as a small business in today’s world. We asked Bernie what has been the most rewarding part of being a small business like Bernie & Brothers Barber Co. and she said:

“Having a successful business is pretty rewarding. Just being able to provide for my family and provide a living for my barbers and help them with their families… That’s pretty rewarding, to know that these guys are taken care of.”

Bernie also told us about the biggest lessons they have learned so far as a business:

“[You have to let] people know where you’re at because there are just so many barbershops. Before I bought this shop, I’d driven past it numerous times and never even noticed it was there. I think getting people to realize that you’re there [was one of our biggest lessons, and that was] largely due to digital marketing. [Digital marketing] is what really catapulted me from coming to work and hoping the phone rang to having a really good online presence so we pop up at the top [of Google] when people look for a barbershop. That gives us good visual and gets eyes on us. Our reviews are great, so they see that and come in.”

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

“Get a digital marketer. Either that, or brush up on that, because I thought it was as easy as opening a door and making a Facebook page, and I didn’t get a whole hell of a lot… I thought I was fairly business smart and savvy, but digital marketing is its own beast. It helps to have [someone who] knows his stuff.”

Bernie also wanted to make sure to give a special thanks to Dixon Consulting Group for all the work they have done to help their company grow!


Congratulations to Bernie & Brothers Barber Co. for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Bernie for taking the time to speak with us!

Florida’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: East Hill Barbershop

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that East Hill Barbershop is a 2019 award winner for barber shops in Florida!

When you want a great haircut, there’s no better barber shop to turn to in Pensacola than East Hill Barbershop.

East Hill Barbershop has received hundreds of reviews with an average rating of 4.96 stars, earning them a fantastic Rating Score™ of 97.65 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five barber shops in all of Florida!

Here’s just one of the many five-star reviews that got them there:

“[This is a] great shop with expert barbers. I had my hair cut and beard lined up and trimmed. [They] did an amazing job of getting me in the right shape to head to a business meeting and then to go out for the weekend.” – Stanton B.

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We wanted to learn what makes this award-winning business tick, so we took a few minutes to talk with Jason Taylor, the owner of East Hill Barbershop.

To kick off our conversation, we asked Jason about what it is that makes East Hill Barbershop unique compared to the many other barber shops in Florida. Jason pointed to the diversity of the barbers and the shop, and said:

“Everybody here has a different back story and a different way of living life, so they connect with a different group of people. We end up with a broad group of people because the people that work here are all very different. We all get along, and we all kind of have the same core beliefs of taking care of the people who come through the door.”

We also asked Jason about the East Hill Barbershop mission and how they work to make the world a better place. Jason told us that they aim to offer good service in their neighborhood and to reach out in their community and help out in any way that they can.

Building Success With the Right People

Jason credits East Hill Barbershop’s strong online reputation to the people who work there and to their commitment to making people feel right when they’re in the shop. They don’t ask for reviews; they’re all an organic result of the kind of service they provide.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, East Hill Barbershop has grown by posting on Facebook and Instagram, but most of their business comes from word of mouth.

There are many business owners looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Jason’s expert advice for them:

“Be genuinely who you are, and the right people will connect with you.”


Congratulations to East Hill Barbershop for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Jason, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend East Hill Barbershop in Pensacola. Visit their Facebook page today!

Florida’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: Headlines Barber Shop

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

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

Headlines Barber Shop has received thousands of overwhelmingly positive reviews across six different verified sites with an average rating of 4.82 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 98.24 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as the number one barber shop in Florida!

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

“I highly recommend them. They provide a professional and family-friendly atmosphere with experienced barbers. I just moved to the area not too long ago, and that’s the best shop in the area…You won’t be disappointed, [they’ll] give you exactly what you ask for!!” – R.S.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Headlines 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 Headlines Barber Shop and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with Christian Perez, who co-owns the company.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Headlines Barber Shop stand apart from its competitors. Christian told us about their friendly and welcoming atmosphere, saying:

“One of the main things with our guys is that anybody who sits up front, anybody who sits in our barbershop or has a chair in our barbershop, has to greet every client as if they’re their own and they have to say goodbye to every client as well. In a lot of barbershops, you walk in and you don’t even get greeted. It’s kind of unwelcoming, so I think that’s one thing that makes us unique.”

Christian also told us about some of the ways they make things more streamlined and easier for their customers to use, saying:

“Our online booking makes it super easy for the customer. A lot of barbershops rent chairs to barbers and that’s their space that they rent and they handle the business within, but we have more of a team atmosphere… It feels like they’re part of a team. It’s okay, you can sit in anybody’s chair and it’s all good.”

Building Success And Giving Back

Headlines Barber Shop has earned a fantastic reputation, so we asked Christian how they have managed to grow their business and get their name out.

In addition to building the kind of online reputation that any small business would envy, Headlines Barber Shop has spread the word about who they are and what they do by finding ways to give back to the community. They have an upcoming charitable event where each of their seven locations will be reaching out to the local middle school or high school to provide free haircuts. All of the money that is donated at those events will be given to the school’s band program! In the past, they have fed a local high school team for an entire season, or donated Gatorade to a team for their season.

“We’re pretty well entrenched in the community and like to give back. We’re a community barber shop, so our community supports us and we like to support them.”

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

“Keep it simple; make it simple for your clients. The easier or more accessible you are to your clients, the easier you’re going to find the road to success. It’s 2020, people want everything now and they want it easy; they don’t want it complicated… They want to be able to pop on an app to make an appointment.”

Christian concluded our chat with this amazing shout-out to his business partners. He said:

“I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my business partners, Chris Bossio, Daniel Santana and Kris Hemch, because I couldn’t do it without them. It started out with three of us, and we like to promote from within. Kris was one of our barbers, but he quickly ascended and we identified that this kid is special. He’s a leader. We put him in charge of managing our third location and we quickly realized that this guy is really special. He opened up or helped us launch our fourth, fifth, and sixth stores. After he managed it there, we said, listen, this kid is special. We need to reward him, it only makes sense, so, now he is an owner as well.”


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

Kentucky’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: Big City Styles

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Big City Styles is an award winner for barber shops in 2019.

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

Big City Styles has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across four different verified sites with an average rating of 4.79 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 95.89 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top three barber shops in Kentucky!

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

“You can’t get better service in the state!!!! Schedule an appointment for convenience, or just stop in and be taken care of with the best hospitality in the industry!” – P.K.

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

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We were excited to learn all about Big City Styles and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with Sondra Wilkerson, who co-owns the company with her husband, Julius.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Big City Styles stand apart from its competitors. Sondra said:

“Our standard is what separates us. We have a ‘comfort concept’ in our shop. This means providing a comfortable atmosphere for all guests. We ask our clients to be considerate of others. We prefer they don’t use foul language. We don’t have an official dress code, but we ask visitors not to do things like sag their pants and discourage them from being disrespectful in the shop.”

Building Success And Giving Back

Big City Styles has earned a fantastic reputation, so we asked Sondra how they have managed to grow their business and get such great online reviews. She told us about how they focus on providing excellent service, and the reviews naturally follow. Sondra said:

“We don’t have anything in place to encourage people to leave reviews. We just provide the best service we can. We try to focus on quality over quantity.”

In addition to building the kind of online reputation that any small business would envy, Big City Styles has spread the word about who they are and what they do by participating in community events, like hosting poetry sessions and jazz concerts and partnering with local schools.

As far as advertising, Sondra said:

“This is a business, so we always look for creative ways to advertise. Something fun, something catchy and different.”

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

“Opportunity favors the prepared. Be prepared and be organized.”


Congratulations to Big City Styles for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Sondra for taking the time to speak with us!

Utah’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: Black Cat Barber Company

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Black Cat Barber Company is a 2019 award winner for barber shops in Utah!

If you’re looking for a barber shop that offers great haircuts and an environment that will make you feel like family, look no further than Black Cat Barber Company in Tooele.

Black Cat Barber Company has received more than 125 reviews with a perfect average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a wonderful Rating Score™ of 97.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five barber shops in all of Utah!

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

“Kevin was awesome. His was the best haircut I have ever received. I will also say [that they have a] really awesome staff and [provided me with the] best service I have ever received. I wish my hair would grow faster so I could [go] back already.” – Michael P.

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We wanted to learn all about Black Cat Barber Company and its impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with the owner, Kevin Clement.

The first question we had for Kevin was what is it that sets Black Cat Barber Company apart from their competition in Utah. Here’s Kevin’s response:

“It’s not just a haircut; it’s an experience that you’ll get each and every time. We don’t deviate… We’re consistent with our service every time, and that’s why we retain such a high customer return ratio. We custom cut everyone’s hair to the shape of their head. …That’s pretty much why we do what we do — so that we can keep capitalizing, growing and priding ourselves on being the best around. And we intend to only get better.”

Kevin went on to say:

“We’re just a small shop with a lot of local guys here. A lot of us are, by society’s norms, all tattooed up and look rough and tumble. But we’re just a bunch of honest guys making an honest living. We just love what we do. When you love what you do, you never work…”

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

“My personal motto has always been to treat others as you want to be treated and always take care of your community. Treat your community as if they were your own, because at the end of the day, likes on Facebook, Instagram and social media aren’t what pay our bills. It’s the clients themselves who come in who pay our bills. My mission statement is that every client that comes in is an audition. We’re auditioning to be their barber.”

Building Success Through Honesty and Good Service

Kevin attributes Black Cat Barber Company’s strong online reputation to their commitment to always being honest, providing good service and being good people. He also told us that they’ve built up their online reputation by using multiple platforms, as well as by asking their clients for reviews and stressing the importance of reviews for their business.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Black Cat Barber Company has gotten their name out there by handing out flyers, as well as through Facebook ads, Instagram ads and their website. And once they learned about Top Rated Local after their neighbor won a 2018 award for employment agencies, Kevin started pushing his clients to use it as well:

“The more online reputation you can have, be it Yelp, Google, Facebook or Top Rated Local, it’s only going to better off for you in the long run.”

There are so many business owners out there looking to build the kind of online reputation Black Cat Barber Company has. Here’s Kevin’s expert advice for them:

“Don’t get lost in the online aspect of it. Take the time to get out and do the groundwork. Shake hands and meet people in the public as well. Really, really hone in on that word of mouth as well. That’s a big one especially for anybody that’s trying to grow a strong reputation. I tell a lot of clients, ‘If you can’t tip us and if you feel obligated to tip us, just leave us a review. That, to us, is just as good as a tip because that will pay dividends to us, tenfold over the years.’ We’re not pushing them but asking and emphasizing the importance… Just let people know how much it helps us, and they will feel compelled, especially if they like you. They want to help you, and if you stress to them the importance of helping you by leaving reviews, nine times out of 10, it’s easy. They’ll always want to help out and leave a good review.”


Congratulations to the team at Black Cat Barber Company for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Kevin, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Black Cat Barber Company in Tooele. Visit their website today!

Virginia’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: Corporate Image Barbershop

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Corporate Image Barbershop is a 2019 award winner for barber shops in Virginia!

If you’ve been looking for a fun, friendly, relaxed barber shop in Roanoke, look no further than Corporate Image Barbershop.

Corporate Image Barbershop has received almost 175 reviews with an average rating of 4.71 stars, earning them a wonderful Rating Score™ of 93.06 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:

“The barbers at Corporate Image graciously squeezed in space for me and my wedding party in their busy Saturday schedule. They are appointment-based, especially on busy days. They recommend a few weeks of notice for Friday and Saturday appointments. The shop is clean and has a great atmosphere, along with seating space that kept the other members of my party comfortable until their turn. Their hot towel shave is as gentle as can be. I only wish I lived close enough to make this my regular shop!” – C. T.

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We wanted to learn all about Corporate Image Barbershop and its impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with the owner, Penny Kerr.

The first question we had for Penny was what is it that sets Corporate Image Barbershop apart from their competition in Virginia. Penny told us that their shop is very personable, and the barbers really try to learn more about their clients. Many businesses don’t share themselves personally, but Penny treats her work as if she’s going to an event to entertain guests. The team at the shop is what brings everything together for a unique, one-of-a-kind experience.

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

“We make an effort to have a positive impact on our customers and our community. We strive to create a universal connection by helping people inside and outside the shop and by giving back to the community whenever possible. We voluntarily do the Hair for the Mrs.VA Wheelchair Pageant, as well as for other people with disabilities, and we contribute to as many good causes as we can.”

Building Success by Having a Good Name

Penny attributes Corporate Image Barbershop’s strong online reputation to the fact that they have a good name in their community, as well as to their kind, loyal customers:

“We are blessed with kind, loyal customers and have been very fortunate in our location in the community. We have a good name that brings customers who spread a positive word about our barber shop. We have many wonderful customers who are always willing to help us out by leaving great reviews.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Corporate Image Barbershop has gotten their name out there through magazines and billboards, their website and social media, — specifically Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.

There are so many business owners out there looking to build the kind of online reputation Corporate Image Barbershop has. Here’s Penny’s expert advice for them:

“Word of mouth spreads when you satisfy people. Be thankful for your customers’ business and strive to be helpful.”


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

We highly recommend Corporate Image Barbershop in Roanoke. Visit their website today!

Kentucky’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shop Award Winner: Loop Barber Shop

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Loop 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 your best, look no further than this award-winning company!

Loop Barber Shop has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across four different verified sites with an average rating of 4.80 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 95.98 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top five barber shops in Kentucky!

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

“This is my favorite place to go. Terry knows my cut and is very good at understanding what my friends are asking for. We always look phenomenal. There is usually little or no wait, and the staff is very friendly. They have toys for kids to play with, too. They have great prices and are not rude or pushy. I love this place.” – N.W.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Loop 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 Loop Barber Shop and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the owner, Robert Leroy Farmer.

Loop Barber Shop is an old school barbershop, and is strictly a barbershop, with no salon services, just haircuts. Robert told us that they cater to men and boys.

We asked Robert if they had any specific business mission, and he said:

“We don’t have much of a mission, we just do what we do and hope people come back.”

He added:

“Our team makes us what we are.”

Building Success By Offering Great Service

In addition to building the kind of online reputation that any small business would envy, Loop Barber Shop has spread the word about who they are and what they do by offering great, personal service. All of their growth is organic, as are their incredible online reviews.

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

“Be true to yourself, and try to treat the customer right.”


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

Vermont’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: Ronin Men’s Salon

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Ronin Men’s Salon is a 2019 award winner for barber shops in Vermont!

Look and feel your best with the help of Ronin Men’s Salon in Hartford.

Ronin Men’s Salon has received dozens of reviews with an average rating of 4.78 stars, earning them a fantastic Rating Score™ of 95.78 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five barber shops in all of Vermont!

Here’s just one of the many five-star reviews that got them there:

“Connie is the best hair stylist I’ve ever had the pleasure of doing business with. She was able to understand my style and make improvements on it on the very first visit — something no other stylist I’ve ever visited has been able to do. Her focus on men’s haircuts really shows in her work. If you are a man seeking a new stylist, new style or just someone who can maintain your style effectively, I would highly recommend going to Connie.” – Tom C.

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We wanted to learn what makes this award-winning business tick, so we took a few minutes to talk with Connie White, the owner of Ronin Men’s Salon.

To kick off our conversation, we asked Connie about what it is that makes Ronin Men’s Salon unique compared to the many other barber shops in Vermont. Connie told us:

“I have been doing men’s haircuts only for 12+ years, and I take advanced classes on new cuts and styles. If a customer goes somewhere and gets a bad haircut, they come here for a fix, and I will not charge them for that.”

We also asked Connie about the Ronin Men’s Salon mission and how she works to make the world a better place. Here’s her response:

“I donate gift certificates to the VA hospital and give vets free haircuts. Men are open to me about hair loss, and I give them advice on ways to prevent or slow down certain types of hair loss.”

Building Success by Making Sure Customers are Happy

Connie credits Ronin Men’s Salon’s strong online reputation to her commitment to ensuring that everyone who walks through the door is very happy with their haircut.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Ronin Men’s Salon has grown solely through word of mouth, which says something about the kind of service Connie offers.

There are many business owners looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Connie’s expert advice for them:

“You have to do what you love, and you have to care. If you are not being genuine, people will know it.”

Connie ended our conversation with this shoutout to her customers:

“I want to give a shoutout to all of my great customers!!!!”


Congratulations to Ronin Men’s Salon for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Connie, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Ronin Men’s Salon in Hartford. Visit their website today!

Vermont’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: The Barber Todd

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that The Barber Todd is the number one barber shop in all of Vermont for 2019!

When you want a great haircut in Montpelier, there’s no better barber shop to turn to than The Barber Todd.

The Barber Todd has received hundreds of reviews on three verified sites with an average rating of 4.99 stars, earning them a spectacular Rating Score™ of 95.93 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for being ranked the number one barber shop in all of Vermont!

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

“I’ve skipped around between most of the barber shops in the Barre/Montpelier area and have always been unenthused by the results. However, after getting several haircuts from Todd, my search is over. Every cut looks great and comes out as I described it to him. Todd is efficient and very reasonably priced. You won’t be disappointed.” – Kyle D.

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We wanted to know what makes Vermont’s number one barber shop so special, so we took a few minutes to talk with the owner, Todd Wheeler.

The first question we had for Todd was what makes The Barber Todd unique compared to their competition in Vermont. Todd pointed to his 33 years of experience and his vision. He also shared a little advice that his father gave him when he first started training Todd at 16 years old:

“I can teach you 1,000 different cutting techniques and styles, but if you don’t know the proper haircut for the person that’s in your chair, then it doesn’t matter how much you learn.”

When Todd asked how, his father said:

“You have to trust your vision. Look at someone; look at their face; look at their head; look at their lifestyle; look at their shoulders…”

We also asked Todd about The Barber Todd’s mission and how he works to make the world a better place. Todd told us:

“What makes me feel really good about my job is, a lot of times in the course of the day, when I’m done with a haircut, the client tells me that they feel better — not that they look better but that they feel better. To me, that’s one of the greatest compliments I could ever get from a customer. Haircuts grow out. They change. All kinds of things happen. But if I can make someone feel better, they might interact with the community better, and they might interact with their partner or children better because they feel better about themselves. I feel that’s one of my major contributions to the community.”

Building Success by Providing the Service Customers Want

When we asked Todd what their secret is to such a strong online reputation at The Barber Todd, he said:

“I just simply give my customers the service that they want. A lot of people come in and say, ‘I’ve been to this barber shop or this hair salon, and when I tell them what I want, the stylist does whatever they want to do and not what is requested.’ I simply give people what they ask for. That’s really it.”

Apart from building the kind of online reputation any business would envy, The Barber Todd has spread the word about their service through Google, search optimization, their website and word of mouth.

Every business owner wants to grow their business and build their online reputation the way The Barber Todd has. Here’s Todd’s advice for them:

“You have to have a strong website. You have to produce what you promise. If you promise a really good blanket, make a good blanket. Have a passion for what you do… Have a company, like Google, to back your website. I don’t know how many businesses in town I compete with, but I think there’s only one that has a website.”

Todd ended our conversation with this touching note:

“I cannot say how grateful I am that not only has the community supported me but they have motivated to do better work. …I’ve had wives come into the shop and tell me how great their husband looks.. I had a kid that was getting picked on at school because his hair was kind of strange. His mom brought him into the shop and I gave him a great cut. The kids actually started liking this boy because he said he got his haircut at The Barber Todd. It really built this little boy’s confidence up. It’s not a matter of a haircut; it’s a matter of making someone feel better.”


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

We highly recommend The Barber Todd in Montpelier. Visit their website today!