Hair salon promises pampering, cold beer and footy on the TV
THERE might be lots of places in Bristol where you can watch the football while enjoying a cold beer but few offer male visitors a manicure or spray tan too.
A hair and grooming salon has opened in Downend giving men the chance to enjoy some pampering without feeling self-conscious.
The Gentleman's Club, in Cleeve Wood Road, was opened by Tracie Lynton two-weeks-ago.
With her team of workers she offers haircuts, manicures, waxes, Botox, and spray tans – but only for men.
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Her customers can watch the sports on the flat screen TV and enjoy a free can of beer from the fridge.
The mum-of-three said she had something of a midlife crisis and decided, almost overnight, to set up the shop on her own.
In just five weeks she renovated a unit in the bank of shops at Cleeve Wood and has already had dozens of men through the doors.
She said: "I was planning to open a shop with my friend in Broadmead but in the end she decided to set up on her own. My kids are a bit older now and so I wanted to do something for myself. I was chatting to some friends in the pub, who I've known all my life, and one of them said I could have this shop.
"The next day I was buying equipment and I had my dad building the treatment room."
Ms Lynton, 40, who grew up in Rockwell Road but now lives in Coalpit Heath, said she raided her sons' bedroom walls for photos of football players and has adorned the walls with shirts, footballs and Formula One pictures.
She said: "I got a toy car which is good for the kids to sit in when they have their hair done. I think there are a lot of barbers and unisex salons but nothing that is just for men.
"Men can feel a bit self-conscious going into a salon for a treatment if there are women there too. Here we have women stylists and they really take their time so it's not like the barbers where you're only in the chair for a few minutes."
She said she has already had a good response from men coming in, as well as wives and girlfriends booking appointments for their other halves.
"We've had scaffolders coming in after work," she said. "Someone after a spray tan and someone else having their back waxed. We're going to be offering teeth whitening as well so we'll have the full package."