Gaardians, the day has finally arrived. Tomorrow we begin June 2017, and with it, at long last, a full staff, both barbers and support staff. AND! We’re open Monday-Friday 9 am – 8 pm, with Saturdays 9 am – 5 pm. We know, we can hardly believe it either.
Total transparency here, when formulating our business plan prior to opening, we didn’t foresee this even in the five-year plan.
We may or may not completely know what we’re doing here
We had thought 4 barbers including The Beardsgaards, a front desker, that’s it by year 5. But here we sit with 6 barbers, 3 deskers, and 2 more members of the support staff, three months short of our three-year anniversary.
Brace yourselves. Everything from the services, to ease of getting in, to opening hours, to the content we bring you even when you’re away from the shop, it’s all getting even better. Right about…now.
Let’s meet the whole crew, and see what parts they play in The Great Embiggening.
Status: Old Gaard – Leading the barber team, one-half of the mom and pop team that started Beardsgaard. Still on the floor, he does get one extra day off per week now to attend to business matters that are not hair. IG@barberbeardsmith
Status: Old Timer – Our longest running barber in the shop, Amanda came to us a new barber school graduate with many years under her belt of cosmetology already (we do hire stylists you see, but only if they ALSO have a full-on barber license too). Having feet in both sides of the industry, and starting fresh out of school with us, she has become a great asset in passing down our training in the way of the Gaard to even our experienced new barbers in the shop. IG@sassmasterthebarber
The Old Kid
Status: Old Timer – Also hired straight out of barber school but unlike Amanda, new to the game at the time, Scott took to barbering like a moustachioed duck to a lake of bourbon. Full of dad jokes and with more energy than folks half his age, his is one of the most fun chairs to be in in the shop. IG@scottjherron
Status: Noob – Deena is pretty fresh out of barber school too, but has actually been cutting for longer than anyone else in the shop, recently obtaining her dual license status like Amanda. She’s peppy, quick, and really, really short. Currently, she’s only here two days per week while she works the other days in her own studio. IG@shearperfection_2016
The New Kid
Status: Old Gaard – When this place was young, Natalie was still able to run the business around cutting her clients. As we grew, she had to step away from the chair to be able to start River Peak Apothecary, run both businesses, and teach for Reuzel in her spare time. Nowadays, chunks of the job have gotten so time-consumingly expansive, they have had to be split into their own horcruxes. Meet the horcruxes. IG@barberblademaiden
Status: Old Timer – The Shopkeep who made the position into the client service machine it is today, Angel is the master of the desk. If you’re talking to us by email at either Beardsgaard or River Peak, it’s pretty much always him. He also took loving ownership of the River Peak web shipping, making packages a delight to open, and including an original, often adorably creepy original doodle with each one to brighten days all over the world. IG@kingizzart
Status: Old Timer – The Shopkeep who spends most of his time diving deep into data and keeping the gears running smoothly, Vinc handles HR, payroll, inventory, ordering, and the tangled web of paperwork that is always threatening to bury us. Despite his tank-like proportions, he’s often found nimbly creeping around with a camera, capturing the stories of the shop through his lens, as he does with his other love, VincTank Photography. IG@vinctank_photography
Status: Noob – Lindsey is a jack-of-many-trades artist and craftsman who completes the Shopkeep Triforce. And to make sure Blademaiden has the time to create the kinds of informative idiocy content you have come to know and expect from us (video editing is not a quick process), Lindsey will also be taking over the Beardsgaard social media channels. That also includes finally turning on ALL the YouTube video comments, because we have someone to help manage them on a channel that up and exploded in size behind our backs. Hopefully she doesn’t get eaten in said comments section. IG@luckyeyeink
Status: Noob – As a social media professional for one of the biggest brands on the planet, our little company can’t afford Sibyl as a full-on Gaardian. But as we all knew we were made for each other the moment we entered each other’s orbits, freelance is another story. With aplomb and expertise in the field aplenty, Sibyl is going to be running River Peak’s social media (and a bit of Beardsgaard too), helping us to continue our fantasy world-building. As you do. IG@sibylmunoz
The Shop Kid Extraordinaire
Old Gaard – Rounding out the crew is the kid who, by the time she can drive (which is thankfully still 7 years away), will have a decade of work experience under her belt. Morgan sweeps, cleans sink traps with her child-sized hands, and, we’re pretty sure, is inducting your children into the kid’s area cult on a daily basis. She is finally over Frozen. And there was much rejoicing.
We have been promising for the better part of the last year that reinforcements were on their way, and times greater than our imaginings were also on their way. Those times are now, Gaardians. Let’s skip into the future together.