THE BLOCKHOUSE bio and story
In 2015, the founding members of THE BLOCKHOUSE broke ground on their first location in the Wedgewood Houston area of South Nashville. With a clean, industrial design highlighting the 1920’s building, the men’s salon and barbershop occupies 1,700 square feet of the new May Hosiery Co-Op at 516 Houston St.
The Blockhouse is a place where every man can feel welcome. With that motto, The Blockhouse is now expanding to it's 2nd location located at the Factory in Historic Franklin, TN.
“The Blockhouse design comes from our desire to have a place where we would want to hang out. Concrete, wood, steel and whiskey...every aspect of our concept is built around that desire.” explains Founder Jerrod Brown. “We wanted to build a place where men can go and feel comfortable getting a haircut while also offering a space and atmosphere where you don’t feel like you have to rush in and out. Come early, stay late.”
The Blockhouse name was inspired by our region’s frontier history. “A Blockhouse was a one room fort on the edge of a wilderness, that offered a safe haven for travelers during their cross country journeys” says Founder Tom Hockensmith. “We want to offer men a cool place to hang. We want guys to find rest and refuge in our Blockhouse prior to going back out on their journey.”
“Men’s hair cutting has been my passion for decades”, says Founder Matt Fine. “As a current salon owner, I’ve seen some men who are reluctant to come into the salon. I’ve always felt men would feel more comfortable in a barber chair with a beer in hand instead of between two women getting a full highlight.” Fine continues, “I feel the unique environment we are creating with The Blockhouse will offer an experience men have been craving. We want to honor the tradition of the old school barber shop, while offering modern styling and a place any man can be himself.”
"No matter what location you visit, we hope you can leave feeling encouraged and holding a new sense of confidence!"
When you are young, people can make a huge impact in your life. Few people however, have the ability to make an impact like an amazing grandpa. My grandfather was a true man – the type of guy who built his own home with his own mind and hands. He was a committed husband, a gentle father, a loyal friend, had a sincere faith and was a damn hard worker.
As I spent summer nights at the house he built, I can remember watching him get ready for bed. After his shower, he would stand in the mirror and draw a hot sink of water for a shave. He would lather up, shave correctly, and finish with soothing lotion. He would then open a drawer and grab a simple black comb and Brylcream to maneuver the hair just right. After a light hair spray, he was ready for bed.
Looking back, I often wonder why he did it. He made himself look great simply to fall asleep. There is much to learn from days of old. In this particular case, it was a sense of pride and consistency. That generation of gentlemen wanted to look good. They knew when you look good, you feel good. When you feel good, you act good. When you act good, you are good.
Now, years later, we are starting to see a new generation care about their appearance. With this spirit, we decided to start The Blockhouse in Nashville, TN. It’s amazing what mental shift takes place when you take pride in your appearance. You walk with more confidence. We don’t just cut hair at the Blockhouse. We take pride in the opportunity to make men, both young and old, feel more like gentlemen. We aim to be their refuge in the wilderness.
Comb with respect,