Welcome Back! House Rules: IMPORTANT UPDATE

The Dandy Gent team is delighted to welcome you and all of our patrons back through our doors from Saturday.

We have previously sent out details of some new ‘House Rules’, which still apply:

Since issuing this notice, we have had more clarification from Government, so can now share with you all of the more pertinent points together below.

Please…

  • Only enter the shop at the time of your appointment – not early.
  • Wait outside until that time, observing social distancing.
  • Sanitise on entry and before exit – everything is provided for you.
  • Observe 2M social distancing at all times in the shop – with the exception of your barber, naturally!
  • Wear a mask at all times – following instructions from your barber during your service. For optimum effect – masks should be removed for a beard trim!*
  • Please touch nothing – but your own possessions! Keep your possessions about your person, or at your feet on the floor.
  • Ask a member of staff if you would like to test or look at products closely.
  • Pay by contactless card where possible.
  • Toilets will only be available where we have capacity to clean to the required standard – so please do not rely on these being open at all times. If you require urgent access, we will make a toilet available to you.
  • Apologies – facial shaving is not permitted at the moment.

We thank you for taking the time to read this AND for doing your bit for us and the nation!

See you soon,

The Dandy Gent team!

*PPE – Government states that all barbers must wear a visor only. The wearing of masks and face coverings is our own policy, designed to give added protection and peace of mind to all clients, staff and ensure the shop stays open. This decision will be reviewed regularly and you will be updated when this changes.

Read our Risk Assessment FULL RISK ASSESSMENT in re-opening COVID-19 secure.

COVID 19 UPDATE: Dandy Shops plan for 4th July Re-opening!

We’re doing our bit – please do yours!

All three Dandy Gent barbershops will be opening on Saturday 4th July, with extended hours and a few new house-rules!

BOOK NOW – secure an early slot

Victory is Sweet
We are, of course, delighted that the war on COVID is allowing reduced restrictions, but as you all know continued vigilance is required.

Victory is in sight, but it can be quickly snatched away from us if we are not ‘alert’ to cleanliness and social distancing.  This in mind we have set a list of ‘House Rules’ that we need you to follow whilst in our shops.  These are detailed further down, but first, let us tell you what we are doing to help you…

We’re doing our bit:
Following are changes to our usual service, in place to keep us all safe and our shop open: Continue reading COVID 19 UPDATE: Dandy Shops plan for 4th July Re-opening!

Dandy competition to cure ‘lockdown barbershop blues’

Midlands barbershop group, The Dandy Gent, has set a challenge for its clients to inject a little self-mockery and lighthearted banter into the Covid-19 lockdown.

Shane, founder and owner of The Dandy Gent, is inviting clients to send in a picture of their currently grown-out hair or whiskers (or both) for inclusion into a lockdown ‘barbershop blues’ photo album that will be available for all to see on its group Facebook page.

Leading by example, Shane and Dandy Gent barbers; Shaun, Mike and Stu, have, somewhat reluctantly, submitted their own pictures for the promotion to kick things off.

“We’re getting messages, comments and texts coming over every day from friends and clients desperately missing their regular trims and cuts – laughing at themselves and each other. We thought this bit of more widespread barbershop buffoonery would be fun.”

There is a reward for the five most popular pictures posted up in the album – each will receive a free post-lockdown ‘urgent VIP’ appointment with the barber of their choice and £20 to spend on Dandy Gent traditional grooming products.

“Let’s see how many pictures we can get, then when we’re back to business, we can post up some more ‘before & after’ pictures too.”

Add your ‘barbershop blues’ pictures to the Facebook Album by sending them to any of the Dandy Gent team by 5pm on 8th May, via:

  • Facebook Messenger on any of the groups’ 4 pages (Irongate, Nuns Street, Nottingham & the group page: facebook.com/thedandygent)
  • Instagram @thedandygent #dandylockdown
  • email to; info@thedandygent.co.uk
  • personal text to your barber if you already have their number.

All pictures will be posted here daily.

 

Terms:  Submission of your photograph will be taken as permission to post it online on all of The Dandy Gent’s social media channels and website for promo purposes only.  All submissions will be posted in one Facebook photo album and the five winners selected from the most popular (likes and comments). The Dandy Gent team reserves the right to overrule any ‘votes’, for any reason deemed fair by Shane O’Shaughnessy. Prizes are non-transferrable. Bribary, in the form of cash in unmarked notes, will be accepted.

All Dandy Gent shops to offer extended hours on re-opening

Following the lockdown due to COVID-19, Dandy Gent boss Shane O’Shaughnessy has announced that all three shops will open for additional days and hours to get clients ‘back to their best’ as soon as possible.

Each of the 11 Dandy barbers will consider additional times they are able to work for more hours than usual to tackle outgrown hair – as well as the inevitable deluge of ‘DIY rescues’ on the hair and whiskers of frustrated isolators.

The times and days will vary, shop to shop, with Irongate, Derby and Nottingham shops pledging Sunday opening for at least the first month back.

“We are still unsure of when we can get back to our core business, of course,” said owner and founder of The Dandy Gent, Shane. “But when we do return it will be with additional infection control measures as needed – and for additional hours of business wherever we possibly can.”

New opening times and additional barber days will be released at the time of the re-opening announcement, with the three shops’ booking App currently set to re-take bookings on 1st June. This date is not fixed, but subject to further restriction announcements from our Government in the coming days and weeks.

The Dandy Gent’s online shop remains open for business as usual, offering an extensive range of handmade traditional grooming products and accessories to help keep locks conditioned and prepped for their first post-lockdown appointment.

For further information and developments, follow The Dandy Gent on Instagram (@thedandygent) or Facebook – or email the team; info@thedandygent.co.uk.

 

 

 

This infernal virus…

With great sadness, we have had to close trading until further notice at our three Dandy Gent barber shops.

We, along with many other small businesses, are at the mercy of this infernal virus and counting the hours, days and weeks until we are back serving our loyal clients and friends with the best cuts, shaves, trims and products in the UK.

You can still, of course, purchase our products online – and we do encourage you to keep your hair and whiskers healthy in readiness of your next visit.

We recommend you follow us on Facebook  to keep abreast of current news and updates – and will update this page as and when we have news to impart.

Barbershop backs Capital One fundraiser

Nottingham barbershop, The Dandy Gent, has teamed up with Capital One in its support of mental illness support charity, Rethink.

Over the last 2 years Nottingham City’s largest employer, Capital One, has raised over £100,000 for Rethink – which equates to approximately 300,000 people benefitting locally.

New to Nottingham, barbershop The Dandy Gent is keen to work with local workers and organisations – and having met with Capital One’s Dave Richards- offered to give £2 to Rethink for every Capital One employee enjoying a service in the shop.

Dave is Capital One’s Head of Corporate Responsibility, in post to ensure the business plays its part in supporting the local community as well as its employees.

“We’re always looking for local partnerships and keen to join with other community-minded businesses like The Dandy Gent.” Said Dave.

The barbershop, based inside nearby antiques centre Hopkinson, has offered Capital One employees its standard local worker discount plus a half-price second booking in addition to providing the donation.

“This new shop echoes the community ethos that we have across all of The Dandy Gent branches,” says Nottingham Manager, Sarah. “Our two Derby shops are well known community supporters, something owner Shane O’Shaughnessy is keen to continue as the company expands.”

Having launched in August 2019, The Dandy Gent is enjoying a steady growth in business as its reputation widens in the City.

 

Barber cuts a deal with Harley Davidson in Nottingham

Nottingham’s newest barber shop, The Dandy Gent, has teamed up with the city’s largest motorcycle dealership, Robin Hood Harley Davidson, to provide big savings on haircuts, beard styling, cool clothing and bike parts!

In this ‘match made in heaven’, Robin Hood Harley Davidson will be including a half-price Dandy Gent poker chip in its motorcycle purchase packs, and The Dandy Gent will be giving away 15% off Harley parts and accessory poker chips to its customers with a taste for the world’s finest motorcycles.

The promotion will herald the start of a new relationship between the Nottingham neighbours, with plans afoot for The Dandy Gent to provide free barbering services at the dealership’s Christmas Party in support of the local Harley Owner’s Group charity – Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.

Said Ian Jennings, Manager of Robin Hood Harley Davidson, “It’s great to work with local businesses like The Dandy Gent.  Our customers often have a lot in common, so it makes sense to team up whenever we can.”

Ian is getting ready for the exclusive launch of the new Harley Davidson Electric Motorcycle before Christmas. His store will be one of only a handful in the UK to have groundbreaking machine in store for test rides.

“My name will be on the list for a test ride for sure.” said Dandy Gent founder, Shane O’Shaughnessy.  Both Shane and Nottingham Manager, Sarah are keen Harley riders and advocates of the iconic brand.

Details of the Christmas party and the launch of the new Harley Davidson Live Wire will be shared on The Dandy Gent’s Instagram and Facebook pages soon.

Pictured above; Robin Hood’s Ian Jennings (right) and Dandy Gent Barber, Stu ‘Art’ Parker roll the dice on this first joint venture.

 

Ladies of The Dandy Gent

Lauren Pell is one female in a very male dominated environment – but no complaints here, as her role is Senior Barber at one of the UK’s busiest and best traditional barber shop groups – The Dandy Gent.

Lauren started working as a barber apprentice in 2016, she served her apprenticeship directly under The Dandy Gent’s founder and owner of its three shops – Shane O’Shaughnessy, and has fast-tracked her career through sheer determination to succeed.

“I did every job before falling in love with barbering – from bar work to retail – since I started cutting hair, I’ve never looked back.”

Just 3 years from starting, and at the age of 32, Lauren is now one of The Dandy Gent’s most popular Senior Barbers, working in a team with a combined 100+ years’ experience.

“I love my work, and the team I work with,” said Lauren. “We have a lot of fun, but take our business very seriously.” She explained.

“It takes a certain character to hold my own, surrounded by these boys – but it’s all in good fun. I’m working with some very talented barbers here and there’s a lot of mutual respect that keeps the relationships healthy. “

For now, Lauren enjoys her work in one of the most successful barber shops in the UK – and that’s no idle boast.

“We are second-to-none in the East Midlands, certainly,” explains Shane. “And our consistently impressive reviews speak volumes about Lauren and the whole team. I’m very proud of them all.”

Although Lauren is one of just two female barbers in the unashamedly promoted ‘traditional’ barber shop brand, The Dandy Gent has two more ‘savvy women’ in its ranks.

Sherri O’Shaughnessy, Shane’s wife and co-founder of The Dandy Gent, who hand-makes every single item in a range of over 25 grooming products, sold through the company’s three shops, website and to trade customers worldwide – and Marketing Manager, Sarah Monsoon who has been instrumental in the growth of the brand over the last four years and now runs the latest Dandy Gent barbershop to open in Nottingham.

“Lauren, Sarah and Sherri are all shining stars at The Dandy Gent, I value every one of them very highly – but don’t tell them I said that.” Smiles Shane.

New App goes live

To coincide with the opening of the Nottingham branch, all three shops have switched booking system, created by Notts-based software developer Nearcut. 

“The new App provides a much better experience for our customers, which is what we are constantly striving to achieve. Making this company-wide change at this point in time seems perfect timing!” Concluded Shane.

To download the new App, go to your device’s App Store and search ‘The Dandy Gent’, following a quick registration process, you can book 24/7 and get reminders, cancellation offers and receive notification of offers and news.

New shop in Notts launched

The Dandy Gent team is proud to announce the opening of its third traditional barber shop, this time in the heart of Nottingham’s Southside.

‘The Dandy Gent at Hopkinson’ is just a few steps from Nottingham’s busy train station on the first floor of Hopkinson Vintage & Antique Centre, home of Hops Coffee House and Bar.

“We’re now up and running in Nottingham – and it’s proving a red-hot location with heaps of potential.” Explains owner and founder of Derby’s premier barbershop group, Shane O’Shaughnessy.

“Hopkinson is a popular venue for anyone with a love of all things vintage and, thanks to the bar and coffee house downstairs, it’s a very busy meeting place and stop-off for many – including train travellers, shoppers and local workers.

Opening a barber shop here is a natural fit and bookings are steadily growing in momentum.” he continued.

The new Nottingham shop is initially open on Monday to Saturday from 10.30am-6pm and will expand hours as demand increases. Three of The Dandy Gent’s popular barbers; Senior Barbers, Austin Roots and Callum Reed and Barber, Stu Parker, are currently based in the Nottingham shop, with Shane and Manager, Sarah, on the lookout for two new experienced barbers to join the team.