Good evening all!
I just wanted to drop a quick note of thanks to Troy (TheGRman on here) at the Groom Room in Ames, IA. After reading about a miserable shave experience I had with an East Coast barber (link below), Troy expressed his sincere wishes that he could "restore my faith" in the barber shop shave. During a cross-country hiking trip, my Brother and I decided to drive up from Kansas City and take him up on his offer. Let me just say that even though it was a couple of hours out of our way, it was well worth the time spent. Troy is a modern-day barber who truly gets the "old-fashioned luxury shave". Emphasis on luxury! First off, he accommodated us at basically the last minute. No small feat in itself considering he runs an extremely busy shop. Secondly, whereas my East Coast experience was an absolute rush job, Troy kept each of us in the chair for nearly an hour! The end result (after warm lather, six hot towels, one cold towel, pre-shave creams between passes, post-shave creams and " skin foods" afterwards) was one of the most enjoyable luxury experiences I've ever had!
Thanks a million, Troy! Be back soon!