Take a seat at any of the vintage red chairs inside Skip’s Barbershop and you know you’re in good hands – whether it’s a trim, transformation, or a hot towel shave you’re seeking. With an unstuffy atmosphere and staff of experienced, approachable barbers, owner Anthony Costa forges camaraderie over hair.
“People who haven’t been listened to by their past stylists can come here and be heard. We care about how people feel when they leave,” says Costa of the Federal Hill shop, which is his third location after the eponymous Skip Scaro, a neighborhood staple of South Boston, passed the torch to him. Costa opened a second Boston shop in 2016; then when life brought he and his wife – and a baby on the way – to Providence, Costa explains, “We fell in love with the city and wanted to grow our roots here for our family,” and the Atwells Avenue barbershop was born.
“We truly care about the calling of barbering, not just cutting hair,” says Costa. From high-quality products to one-on-one consultations and advice for maintenance post-cut, Skip’s Barbershop was built on a foundation of deep passion for the field. “I left the restaurant industry for barber school in 2007 because I was recovering from a drug problem and needed a new lifestyle,” Costa continues. “I soon realized that barbering was a profession that fulfilled me creatively, financially, and spiritually – it satisfied my innate need to connect with people. I know more about some of my clients than their families do because people know this is a safe space to talk.”
For many clients, young and old, a visit to Skip’s may be their first time finding a cut that feels like the right fit for them, but beyond the new look, it’s also truly an experience. “In a barbershop, people with completely different backgrounds or beliefs can have a level, honest conversation. I wish everyone could talk to each other in the outside world like they can in a barbershop.”
Book your first cut online and save 20 percent (discount applied in store), and students can receive a discount, as well. All payment methods accepted, and street parking available.
556 Atwells Avenue, Providence
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