Joe returns home to open a barber’s in Haworth

Keighley News: Joe Slack with customer, Laurence Marks Joe Slack with customer, Laurence Marks

A former Haworth resident is back in the village to offer some traditional-style grooming for gents in search of an old-school barber shop.

Joe Slack, 24, said it had always been his dream to go into hairdressing full time.

He has opened The Grooming Room – Gents Barber & Clothier, in Station Road, Haworth. The same premises used to be called Just Gents and was run by Smith Gill, a barber in Haworth for 25 years till his death in late 2010.

Mr Gill’s wife, Ann, owns and manages the New Waves hair salon next door to the Grooming Room. She said the shop once occupied by her late husband had been unused for more than four years and she was very pleased to see it back in use as a barber’s.

Mr Slack, who trained as a barber at Craven College and now lives in Thackley, said: “This shop had been empty and being a keen barber with a background in both modern and traditional barbering, I decided to pursue my dream.

“I’m going for a traditional feel with vintage barbering tools and memorabilia on show.”

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