If you missed the recent announcement, we're hosting a party this Thursday. In a bid to Make Gastown Great Again, we're throwing open the doors and pouring beers to celebrate our 13th Anniversary. The party will be paired with the brilliant and hyper-colourful work of Vancouver artist, Jean Paul Langlois.
We sat down with JP to learn a little bit more about his work, his inspirations, and give a taste of what to expect Thursday evening. If you haven't RSVP'd yet, hit up the Facebook event and check that little box. You're going to want to.
When I arrived at the Dunbar shop to interview Bre and Victoria for this posting, TroyBoi was sitting in Bre’s chair getting a haircut. After he left, Victoria told me that the British rapper/DJ and his manager had been driving along the street and decided to pop in because they loved the modern design and vibe. They said it was totally different to the other local barbershops. And they’re right…
Before Weldon was offered his apprenticeship at JD’s, he helped out around the shop to fulfil his work experience requirement for VCC. On his first day, he was asked to clean the drain from the shop sink. Now, anybody that has ever cleaned their own shower has experienced the quagmire of hair and product that can get stuck in a drain. We like to keep JD’s extra tidy, but when you’ve got over a hundred people coming through the doors everyday … The occasional clog is a reality. Weldon dived into that drain and the drain dived right back at him. As he was clearing out leftover hair, shampoo, and water, a fateful splash shot out from the sink and straight into his mouth. The fact that Weldon finished cleaning that sink, came back the next day, and has been coming back for almost two years now says a lot about him. And that’s leaving out the time we made him dress up as Doc Brown and run around serving guests tequila all day.
If you’re a shop regular, it’s almost impossible that you haven’t run into Monet and her adorable shadow, Jeffrey the Bully. The pair are Gastown and Vancouver Club staples. But maybe you only come in on Tuesdays, or maybe you’re a new customer looking to learn who gives the best fade. Whatever the case, if you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting these partners in crime, this blog will give you a little introduction to the queen of JD’s Barbershop and her English bulldog.