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THE BARBER’S DAUGHTER 3184 Dundas West, 647-352-4248, thebarbersdaughterhairsalon.com
Joanna Cini's father opened Joe's Barber Shop in the middle of the Junction's Maltese community in 1956. It had a checkerboard tile floor and black leather barber's chairs. For almost six decades, through the neighbourhood's rise and fall and rise again, Joe was the go-to guy for an old-school cut. And then, at 76, he handed the space down to Joanna.
This spring, she and partner Franco Gatto reopened it as The Barber's Daughter. The salon definitely looks slicker and now offers a full-service menu of cuts, colours, highlights and blowouts, but behind its antique etched-glass front door the family vibe remains.
"Our clients have been describing the space as having a cozy and friendly feel, which is exactly what we wanted," says Cini.
In the end, though, it's the cut that counts, and the duo is known for its versatility, tailoring women's and men's styles to tastes that run from conservative and classic to full-on funky.
The Barber's Daughter picks: Men's cuts start at $35; stop in for a quickie blowout, $40 and up; the salon carries a full line of L'Oréal Professional products including its nourishing Mythic Oil, $26.
Look for: An upstairs lounge space coming soon.
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 10:30 am to 7 pm, Wednesday and Friday 10:30 am to 5 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm.