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The Art of Man: The Barber Shop at Zuriick


Kit Stiefel gives David Dean a meticulous mustache trim at The Barber Shop at Zuriick. Photo by Adam Finkle.

A man sits alone in the big barber chair under an angular chandelier, the young bespectacled barber moving around him with scissors flashing. It looks more like a scene from a sculpture studio than the usual Norman Rockwell vision of an American barber shop. But a haircut at The Barber Shop at Zuriickis man-styling the modern way.

The Barber Shop started as a single chair operation in the back of a retail store devoted to handmade shoes, hand-knitted beanies and handcrafted glassware. Zuriick’s owner Chad Tovey sees a thread connecting all these elements–you could call it the art of manliness. “Men are spending more time on their whole look than they used to,” says Tovey. “They are appreciating quality and the time it takes to achieve it.” That goes, he says, for everything from tats to shaves.

The barber, Kit Stiefel, is young and more enthusiastic about barbering than one could imagine anyone being. “I always knew I wanted to find a craft, something hands-on,” he says. After trying his hand at paramedic training and bread baking, he apprenticed in a salon and realized that what he liked and was good at is cutting men’s hair. Now, he says, he goes home and watches barbering videos, much to his wife’s frustration.

“There’s a whole community of barbers,” he says, much of it possible because of Instagram, which is how he gets most of his business. He instructs his clients, old and young, as he works, encouraging them to find their natural part, advising them which of the several pomades Zuriick sells would be best in their hair and beard and how to maintain their look once they leave. The Barber Shop has been a big success–so big, that in October, Zuriick expanded the space and added two more chairs and barbers to help out with the demand. Stiefel even offers specialized treatments like the Hangover—a scalp massage, alternating hot and cold towels and a cup of Charming Beard coffee.

This isn’t a Salt Lake phenomenon—all over the US. men are learning to love the man-cave luxury of pampering—scalp massage, hot shaves, razor-cut necklines. “This is the best part,” murmurs the client in the chair as he bends his head slightly and Stiefel scrapes the straight-razor carefully over his neck. Forget you ever saw Sweeney Todd.

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Even in the exploration boom of the 1800s, nobody dared to explore the terrain flowing through the Green and the Colorado Rivers.⁠

That is, nobody until Major John W. Powell said the 19th Century equivalent of “Hey man, hold my beer while I try this.”⁠

Read more about his dangerous expedition at the link in our bio!⁠

Photo of Powell’s expedition courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division⁠

A brand new issue of Salt Lake magazine is coming your way! ⁠

We can't wait to share these stories with you. This issue includes our annual Blue Plate Awards celebrating those surviving and thriving in the restaurant biz. Plus, we take a road trip to Wyoming and ask why the only Utah passenger on the Titanic didn’t survive her journey.⁠

A note from our editor Jeremy Pugh, including beautiful tributes to Mary Brown Malouf from our friends in the community, is online now. Read more at the link in our bio ❤️⁠

Subscribers: Look for this issue in your mailbox soon. The magazine will be on newsstands March 1! 📬

Today, we are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2021 Blue Plate Awards! ⁠🎉⁠

These prizes honor the growers, food evangelists, grocers, servers, bakers, chefs, bartenders and restaurateurs who do more than put good food on the table—they make our community a better place to live. This year, just surviving as a local business deserves an award, but each of our Blue Plate winners did more than that. They made us grateful for every person involved in the essential act of feeding us.⁠ 🍽⁠

At the link in our bio, we have the full list of winners, a celebration of feats of COVID creativity and a tribute to restaurants we lost this year. If you’re hungry for more, pick up a copy on newsstands March 1! Plus, check out our Instagram for spotlights on some of the Blue Plate winners. ⁠

This year’s Blue Plate Awards are the first without our beloved Executive Editor Mary Brown Malouf. We dedicate them to her, our town’s biggest food fan, critic and champion. xoxomm⁠ 💙

2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @ricobrandut for Staying in Beansness⁠

Last summer, it seemed that Rico would be another victim of rapid gentrification in Salt Lake. Luckily, Rico was able to find a new home in Poplar Grove and now plans to add even more employees. It’s a last-minute happy ending for a community leader who literally wears his mission on his sleeve, courtesy a tattoo in bright red block letters: “pay it forward.” 💙⁠

2021 Blue Plate Award Winner: @spicekitchenincubator for Keeping the Spice Flowing⁠

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2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @thestore_utah for Special Deliveries ⁠

As grocery delivery becomes the new norm, The Store offers a personal touch that only an independent grocer can provide. Last March, high-risk and elderly customers began calling in their grocery lists over the phone, and The Store’s general managers personally delivered food to their homes. 💙⁠

2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @cucinaslc for Preserving Neighborhood Connection⁠

Cucina’s outdoor spaces became a place where the neighborhood could gather safely. Owner Dean Pierose offered free coffee in the mornings and encouraged his regulars to linger and commiserate together, preserving a semblance of society during a socially distanced time. 💙⁠

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A wind storm #tbt for your feed today. 🌬️🛹⁠

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Just hours after being sworn in, President Joe Biden signed an executive order calling for a review of the boundaries for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. The monuments—designated by Barack Obama in 2016 and Bill Clinton in 1996—were reduced by roughly 2 million acres by former president Donald Trump, and the executive order is seen as move towards restoring the original boundaries.⁠

Read the full story through the link in bio.⁠

📸Bears Ears National Monument: Courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism

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