4400 Sharon Road, Suite LO1A
Charlotte, NC 28211
Spreading the word on the shaving renaissance, The Art of Shaving occupies a high-profile location in SouthPark Mall. The retail store sells top-of-the-line razors and shaving accessories, including a selection of straight razors and strops to keep them sharp. The separate on-site barber “spa,” decorated as an old-time barbershop, offers its signature 45-minute Royal Shave, priced at $55, employing the store’s signature products. Starter kits, including a badger-hair brush and all of the elements you’ll need to re-create the Royal Shave at home, are available.
9812 Rea Road, Suite A
Charlotte, NC 28277
Founded in 1993 by Michael Randazzo, a noted expert in hair design, Harmony is an Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa. Its on-site retail shop stocks a wide selection of Aveda products made with pure flower and plant essences. Committed to creating environmentally responsible skincare and makeup products, Aveda offers a number of items designed to improve the shaving experience. The Aveda Men Pure-Formance line made with phyto-active organic lavender, vetiver and lemon essences includes Pure-Formance Shave Cream to prepare the skin for a close shave and prevent razor burn and Pure-Formance Dual Action Aftershave, a two-in-one product that both moisturizes and conditions the skin. It has been clinically proven to reduce in-grown hairs and razor burn, control excess oil and improve skin strength and texture.
607 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
Founded by makeup artist Jeffre Scott in 2006, this little shop in the heart of Myers Park offers many luxury brands of skincare products, as well as customized makeup and beauty services. The apothecary stocks many brands and products that are hard to find in the Charlotte market, and will order specific products for you. This is the place to shop for C.O. Bigelow’s Premium Shave Cream and Bay Rum Aftershave, John Allan’s line of men’s shave products, Mario Badescu men’s grooming basics, Baxter of California’s products designed for men, Chiefs for Men shaving cream and Proraso’s Italian shaving soap infused with eucalyptus.
Time Warner Cable Arena
333 E. Trade St., Suite D
Charlotte, NC 28202
A homegrown Charlotte phenomenon, the No Grease! brand has grown from a single barber shop on Central Avenue to a well-respected local chain of personal grooming parlors serving the entire community as well as the associated Park West Barber Colleges with campuses across the state. The flagship store is now in Time Warner Cable Arena, where it is a favorite with Charlotte’s pro athletes, with additional shops at Concord Mills and the new Mosaic Village at Johnson C. Smith University. All locations offer straight razor shaves of face, head, neck or any combination. In addition to its signature line of bow ties, No Grease! sells its own, specially formulated products, including No Grease! Smooth Skin Shave Gel, No Grease! Bump Control and Lucky Tiger Skin Cleanser, a moisturizer made with mint and menthol, as well as gallon jugs of its popular No Grease! After Shave.
Although not yet regularly available at any Charlotte retail locations, this locally made line of shaving products is garnering widespread national praise on shaving bulletin boards and websites, such as BadgerandBlade.com. Queen Charlotte products are handmade using the finest raw ingredients available and are certified formaldehyde and paraben free. Created with traditional soap-making techniques, its shaving soap made with genuine tallow is frequently favorably compared to the finest European brands. Queen Charlotte products include shaving creams and soaps, pre-shave lotions and aftershave balms, available online and at local craft markets. All are free of coloring agents and come in a variety of masculine fragrances using pure essential oils and natural ingredients.
With 15 years of experience covering restaurants in Charlotte and the Carolinas, and two regional guidebooks under her belt, Renee Wright examines the dining scene with enthusiasm plus a deep knowledge of food trends and outstanding local eating ops. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.