Two years in the making, the founding members of THE BLOCKHOUSE broke ground this month 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 occupies 1,700 square feet of the new May Hosiery Co-Op at 516 Houston St. The Blockhouse Founders intend to create a place where every man can feel welcome.
“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.”
Founding Members of the Blockhouse / Jerrod Brown, Tom Hockensmith, Matt Fine
PHOTO: by Daniel C. White Photography / www.danielcwhitephotography.com