*Walken Wednesdays are no more as of November 2016, because we now have daily walk-ins!
Hello Gaardians! As we will now be enacting our new appointment policies, we wanted to cover the second and final part of our plan to serve you better…
No, not that. Say what you will, but those gnomes were on to something.
We’re talking of course about Walken Wednesdays. This will be a day that will require no billing information to be kept on file or appointments to be scheduled in advance. All you need to do is walk in the door, give your name and desired services, have a seat and wait your turn.
This will truly be the most traditional, old-school barbershop experience you can imagine. To get a better idea of the mindset and the process that will unfold, we will look to (of course) the “scumbag barbers” of Rotterdam. More importantly, give a listen to the good gentlemen who both run and run *to* Schorem:
Come from near or far, they wander, wait and keep a smile on their face.
Keep in mind, this system will be on a first come, first serve basis. Meaning: Anyone will be put on a running list in the order you enter the shop that day. Time will be allotted for the requested services based on the present availability (i.e. – “at that moment”) and accounted for according to that order. And finally, services will be completed (in order) based around the bookable hours in that day.
So, let’s clear up some potential questions:
Q: When is the first official Walken Wednesday?
A: The inaugural session is the first Wednesday of August, 2015.
Thanks for the positivity right out of the gate, Zach
Q: Does that mean there are no longer appointments available to be booked on Wednesdays?
A: I’ll let Hans take this next one…
Thank you, Hans
So, yes. We’ll be discontinuing Wednesday appointments until further notice. However, if you were someone that regularly came in on Wednesdays, we’ll work with you to find something that will still accommodate your schedule.
Q: Can someone hold a spot for you in line, or can you call ahead to get on the list?
A: You (personally) have to be physically present (hence, the whole “walk-in” part). Also, that would technically make it an appointment, so…
Took the words right out of our mouth
Q: Will I wait all day long and not get serviced?
A: Well, of course I want to say…
But, that all depends. On both when you arrive, and remaining availability at that time. When you get here, your name goes on the board, along with the services you want. We know how long these services take. We’ll only call it quits on services for the day at one of two points:
- If, based on the people present and services requested, all the remaining service hours for that day across all the available barbers are spoken for. -OR-
- It is 30 minutes prior to close (6 PM). Last butt hits the chair no later than 5:30, no exceptions.
Couldn’t have said it better myself, Zooey
While we’ll be posting regular updates on all our social channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) throughout the day, but if you don’t have the time to wait, you’ll need to make an appointment for another day. The shopkeep here will be running around like a helper monkey on crack, so we won’t be chaining ourselves to the phone on Wednesdays. So, either way…
Okay, nothing that serious, but you get the point
Most importantly, this will be a new process for all of us. It probably won’t run as smooth as silk the first go around, and we’ll be learning as we move along. So, with that in mind, let us know your thoughts, opinions or suggestions on how we can improve the experience.
Not so, Liz Lemon (via Hova)
That’s why “Walken Wednesdays” are now a thing to begin with. So we can grow and get better. Both in order to best satisfy each of you, and help Beardsgaard be the best it can be.
Exactly. All of that.