Posted on 03 Dec 2018

In the first of a new series shining the spotlight on new businesses opening up in the CBD and North Adelaide, the City of Adelaide’s Future Retail Adviser, Rhys Moult, slips into a chair at a recent entry onto the local barbershop scene.

The arrival of Tommy Gun’s in the city is the latest proof that demand in Adelaide for a high quality barbershop experience remains on the rise. The second South Australian instalment of this Canadian-based franchise, Tommy Gun’s in James Place offers an instore experience that finds that important balance between New Retail technology and ensuring the customer remains at the centre of everything they do. It’s also a welcome addition to an already thriving city barbershop scene, occupied by local legends and a host of newer establishments.

Frank the Barber AL gallery

East End legend, Frank the Barber.

For an old-school experience there’s Leigh Street’s cash-only Alec’s Hairdresser where you’re guaranteed barbershop chat authenticity, or you can stop into Frank the Barber in Frank’s Lane in the East End – operating for over 60 years. Newcomer Mr. Combs on Waymouth Street, with its fantastically inexpensive coffees, and North Adelaide stalwart Da Gianni Men’s Hairstylists – both offer fantastic cuts and experiences, while a visit to Slick Lobster in Adelaide Arcade, winner of the ‘Best Hair & Beauty’ category at The City Awards 2018 – is a must for its cuts and podcasting cool! The West End even has its own barber school, with Barbery the Craft of a Barber Academy on Hindley Street also offering a live operating salon with the option for cuts by students or a Master Barber. See below for some other city-based barbershops and feel free to add your favourites into comments at the end.

At the new Tommy Gun’s store, a world-leading fit-out has allowed the team to add a bunch of contemporary comforts to some of the more traditional barbershop expectations, like a hot towel shave or a scalp massage. Along with the seamless real-time, app-based online/instore check-in, there are counter top communal iPads and fabulous ‘In Mirror TV’s’, with built-in Fox Channels.

Tommy Gun’s know they need to get the city-based dapper man’s attention and keep it. To that end, the friendly, skilled staff inform us that the interstate-based corporate office has also put a lot of time and money into education and training. This was certainly evident from my experience in both the quality of the cut and the friendliness of the conversation.

The renaissance of barbering in Adelaide is great news for commercial property owners and a fantastic indicator of the liveability and vibrancy of both North Adelaide and the CBD. Let’s hope all these businesses continue to grow and improve everyone’s city experience.

Tommy Gun’s – Adelaide

Shop 27b, James Place, Adelaide

Alec’s Hairdresser

24 Leigh Street, Adelaide

Frank’s Gents

Shop 4, 12 – 18 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide

Mr. Combs

115/117 King William Street, Adelaide (entry on Waymouth Street)

Da Gianni Men’s Hairstylist

80 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide

Slick Lobster

Shop 141, Adelaide Arcade, Rundle Mall, Adelaide

Others to try ...

The Men’s Room

109 Hindley Street, Adelaide

Barber Boys

City Cross, 7/32 Grenfell Street, Adelaide

Babylon Barber

Shop G40b, 77-91 Rundle Mall, Adelaide

Just Guys Men's Hairdresser


18/68 Grenfell Street, Adelaide

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Rhys Moult

Rhys Moult

Active thinker collaborator and tinkerer

A radar technician and a sommelier in a former life, Rhys is all about innovation and supporting retailers in Adelaide to work with the City of Adelaide to improve retail business using data, digital technologies and future city smarts.


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