Business Name: V’s Barbershop
Owners: Chad Renbarger, Bryan Wade
Location: 11687 Olio Rd., Fishers
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
What inspired you to open your business?
There are the old-fashioned barbershops that have just gone away, where father and son would spend a Saturday with each other. Most of us that grew up remember that’s where you hung out with your dad while he got a shoe shine and a haircut. There is just nothing like that anymore. We both fell in love with the concept and looked at different types of models, and thought it was a great fit.
What are the trends in your industry?
We’re just trying to get back to where you’re not rushed while you’re getting a haircut. You want to go somewhere where you’re treated like a friend, and not just a customer. You’re using the chair for a haircut for 30 minutes. It takes time and brings back a quality of service you can’t get at other places. There are places where women can be treated like a woman, but there are no places where guys can get treated like a guy. We wanted to change that.
How do you differ from your competitors?
All of our guys in the shop are barbers. We don’t have stylists. They’ve had longer training on guys’ hair, and all have experience with a straightedge razor. In the time we take to cut hair and serve someone, it’s an atmosphere where a kid can come in and play shuffleboard and basketball with their dad. We get kids that come in after school all the time and hang out.
Do you have a mentor and who is it?
We don’t really have a mentor. My mom was a stylist. You could say it was the guy who started the franchise. We wanted to do what he did, here in Fishers.
What are your goals for this year?
We want to continue to get our name out there. We’re still getting so many new customers that never knew we were here. Everyone keeps telling us they don’t get it until they see it. It’s kind of hard to put in a print ad, or to describe. Until you experience it, it’s hard to explain, especially for younger kids that never got that kind of experience. We want to bring in new clients and continue the quality of service. We have meetings every week with the barbers and shoe shine guys in order to further improve the quality of the shop’s experience. We try to remember our customers’ names until we can get used to it, and hopefully remember their names by the second or third time they come in. We’re very dedicated to our customers.