Upscale Men's Barbershop and Salon Re-Opens in Harlem
March 28, 2011 2:29pm
BBRAXTON is back catering to the beauty needs of Harlem gentlemen after a year-long hiatus.
By Jeff Mays
HARLEM — When a divorce and the economy forced Brenda Braxton to close her upscale barbershop and salon at the end of 2009, she knew the demand for her unique services would eventually bring her back.
The BBraxton salon, located at 1400 Fifth Avenue at 116th Street, catered specifically to men. Haircuts were finished with a hot towel, and if men were into advanced grooming, there were rooms for pedicures, manicures, facials and massages. You could even get a cocktail.
"It's almost like they were waiting for something like this," said Braxton of how the neighborhood felt about her specialty offerings. "People realized how much they missed us after we were gone."
The salon reopened at the end of January after Braxton was able to settle the details of her divorce and get new financial partners. Braxton added Antoinette Williams, who had just retired from the postal service, as a co-owner.
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