Ridgefield Barbershop ‘Dapper Den’ Created a Vibe Worth Returning For
I walk into a Connecticut barbershop, and I was greeted immediately, "who are you here to see?" Before I could answer, they said, "you must be Lou, come take a seat." Pleasantries are exchanged and then we discuss what I want for my hair and my beard.
The guys at the shop are streaming the Netflix Documentary about the Galante family on the big TV. I came with my buddy Dave, he takes a seat where I can see him, and smiles as if he knows something I don't.
Dave's the one who recommended the place to me, he said I'd love it, but now I'm thinking it had better live up to the hype because he'd really built it up. Then, it starts. The owner Jared is trading verbal jabs across the room with his employee James.
Jared lands a shot, James lands one, back and forth they go, fighting like brothers and everyone has a front row seat. The two of them relented at the perfect time. Everyone got a free show, but no one got uncomfortable (LOL).
I've already laughed hard enough to wonder if I messed the barber up, because my head was shaking (It had no impact on their work). Finally, I was given a complimentary adult beverage and I knew I was home.
That happened just over a month ago, and I've been back two more times. You might be asking how often can a guy get his haircut? I would say, in an environment like that, I could do one haircut per week, maybe four? The last time I was there, I got the straight-razor shave, a haircut, had a stiff drink and played a game of chess.
This is not my first rodeo, I love Barbershops, but this one stood out to me. It's called the Dapper Den Barbershop and this is where I go now. Hey, you can't beat a place that starts hanging pictures of you on the wall after going there one time.
P.S. - When you're there, ask about the yo-yo master.
P.S. 2 - Ed Kowalczyk from the band "Live" goes there to get his head shaved. This poor bastard, everywhere I go in Ridgefield, I hear Ed Kowalczyk from "Live" comes here. You ever hear of the band "Live?", their lead singer eats here, Ed Kowalczyk sat right over there.
Ed, it may be time to move, they are onto you.