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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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Happy Friday! We all know the best way to celebrate the end of the week is with a cocktail 😉! ⁠

🍸 And our next highlighted cocktail is the perfect way to start your weekend. @alibislc's 'Far From The Tree' by Clif Reagle:⁠

1.5 oz. @shdistillery Bourbon⁠
1.5 oz. Utah Honey and Akane Apple Shrub⁠
.25+ oz. @waterpocketdistillery Snow Angel .25 oz. lemon juice⁠
Barspoon of simple syrup⁠
2 dashes Regans Orange Bitters⁠
Combine in shaker over ice, shake and strain into a footed glass. Serve with dried apple garnish.⁠

“My goal for this drink was to make it with as many local ingredients as possible,” says Reagle, “and seeing as the farm scene is pretty quiet in November I decided to go with a classic method of fruit preservation: the shrub.⁠

VOTE VOTE VOTE AWAY! Grab our magazine, grab a cocktail (or make it yourself) and get voting. Cheers!🥂⁠

Link in bio to vote and learn more about Clif Reagle!

Yes. Thanksgiving is going to be different this year. So instead of stressing out to prepare a meal, help support local restaurants who need our love this Thanksgiving. 🦃⁠

Restaurants are doing what they can to make this Thanksgiving seamless for us. With offerings of curbside pick up, meal kits, and even delivery, ordering out this Thanksgiving seems like a no-brainer.⁠

Oh and did we mention no family-sized mess to clean up afterward? That’s a win-win in our book. 😉 Check the link in bio for full list of restaurants. 🍽️

Don't forget to vote in our 2020 Cocktail Contest!! 🍸🍹🥂⁠

Our next highlighted coktail is @thecopperonion's “Not Today Satan” by Frank Mealy:⁠

1.5 oz. @shdistillery Bourbon⁠
1.5 oz. pear shrub (Champagne Vinegar/Earl Grey simple 2:1)⁠
.75 oz. lemon juice⁠
Preheat glass with hot water. Mix ingredients, pour into the hot glass, top with hot water and garnish with cinnamon stick, star anise and dried pear.⁠

Mealy is a full-time bartender for the Copper Group. “Inspiration for this drink came from the expectation that we’re going to be running our outdoor patio season longer because of Covid.” People are more comfortable sitting outside, Mealy says, “So I wanted to make a hot drink for the colder months.”⁠

VOTE VOTE VOTE AWAY! Grab our magazine, grab a cocktail (or make it yourself) and get voting. Cheers!🥂⁠

Link in bio to vote and learn more about Frank Mealy!

Our 2020 Cocktail Contest is live!! 🍸🍹🥂

We’ll be highlighting our cocktail contest contestants throughout the next few weeks. Starting with @takashi_slc’s “Red Dirt Garden” by Crystal Daniels:

- 1.5 oz. Amaro Bilaro
- .5 oz. @shdistillery Barrel-strength Rye
- .75 oz. Lemon juice
- 1 oz. Red rice orgeat made with @redbuttegarden botanicals
- Pinch of Jacobsen Salt from @caputosmarket

Daniels garnished her cocktail with banana leaves and an edible begonia- if you can’t get the begonia, another colorful edible bloom will do. 🌺

VOTE VOTE VOTE AWAY! Grab our magazine, grab a cocktail (or make it yourself) and get voting. Cheers!🥂

Link in bio to vote!

Did you know that the first woman to cast a ballot in the United States voted right here in Salt Lake City?

In 1870, on her way to work as a schoolteacher, Seraph Young stopped by SLC’s old City Hall—right across from the Capitol—and made history as the first woman to vote under a women's equal suffrage law.

Like many of us, Young voted early in that election simply because she had to get to work on time. Her story reminds us of the power ordinary people have to make history. Now, get out and vote!

Photo: Ron Fox

Our November-December issue is on stands now!!⁠

And our annual cocktail contest is open for voting! Take all precautions, support our hardworking hospitality community and remember to smile. 🍹🍸🧉⁠

Pick up a magazine, grab a cocktail and vote! Happy November, everyone! ⁠

Check the link in bio to vote.

Trick or treat? COVID cases are getting scary.

111K confirmed cases and 601 deaths in Utah.

Link in bio for a little op-ed on face masks. 😷

Here in Utah, we live on the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute and Ute Tribes. Today we celebrate the people who first called this land home. We remember the struggles and tragedies they endured and recognize the fight for justice and autonomy that Indigenous Peoples still face. ⁠

Go to the link in bio to give to Diné Bikéyah and support Bears Ears. 🏜️

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