The turning barber pole on the right is a nice touch. So is the mosaic of Pac-Man ghosts on the left.
This week I had the pleasure of meeting Shawn and Kirk of Otis & Finn Barbershop, located in the Court Square area of LIC. Their shop is beautiful, and while I am not in need of the kind of shave they offer, their starting crop of Yelp reviews are very positive (“one of the best cuts and shaves I have received in my life”). If I had to deal with facial hair or maintaining a very short cut, I’d definitely give them a try.
They are located at 45-22 Pearson Street, not far from the aptly named The Pearson Court Square residential building. We learned that many of the men in that building have discovered Otis & Finn, and all the residential construction that is happening in the area right now has great potential for brisk business at the barbershop.
They basically cut hair and give shaves, all in a nice, modern, clean space. Here’s their current pricing:
I found myself more curious than any time before about what goes on in a barbershop. Sure, they cut hair and give shaves, but what is about the shave especially that is so special? Kirk uses a straight razor and does all the fabulous warm towel treatments. I’m told they do one treatment that involves oil to soften the beard and skin, lathering up a few times, shaving, and of course the warm towels. It sounds like a true feel-good experience and takes about 20-30 minutes. I can only imaging how amazing it feels after an intense day or on a lazy weekend.
They also told me they learned of someone who makes fancy mustache wax in Dutch Kills.
I loved the light camel color of the seats, which are just gorgeous. The walls have exposed brick on one side and big mirror on the other that spans the area where the three chairs are. They are still putting the final touches on the place, including this wallpaper that will go in the bathroom.
I also noticed that there were some lovely spirits up front, and in one Yelp review it was mentioned that the client was given a glass of bourbon when he arrived. Sounds like a great accompaniment to the time spent at Otis & Finn.
I had a great time chatting about all sorts of topics with Shawn and Kirk and learning more about what they do at the barber shop. They are friendly, down to earth, and very talented. They’ve been in Queens for a while now, and are glad to be open in the growing Court Square area of LIC. We with them lots of luck with the new place!