Rod Gun & Barbers. Parkdale, Toronto, August 30 2017
Photos and Review by
Walter Tautorat
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A walk through Parkdale can be an adventurous one on any given occasion. Nestled in among the many small and curious shops on Queen St. W. there sits Rod, Gun & Barbers.

Fashioned after a traditional rod and gun club and focusing on men’s hair styling and grooming this wonderful place has something for most men’s tastes. From the amazing old refurbished barber chairs to walls full of some of the most wonderful collectibles, this place is warm, welcoming and something a little out of the ordinary.

Where else can a man get a pompadour and a pint or a shave and a single malt. The concept here is inviting and it could take someone a few hours and cocktails to peruse all of the wonderful curiosities this small space has to offer.

Apparently they even have live entertainment on occasion and it really is a cozy place to hang out. The man-cave I could never quite put together.

Well worth a visit, and gives new meaning to the phrase, “Hi honey, sorry I’m late, I had to stop at the barber’s!”
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I was going to take home the Headache Soother ($15) but silly me left it behind on the table. I will have to get it soon after Crystal sprayed my neck leaving me calm and cool for the rest of the day. The first few minutes I was a bit taken back as the peppermint went to work, clearing my sinuses and giving me a tingle. As the tingle wore off I noticed that all the tension I was feeling from a busy day just went away. The blend of Essential Oils of Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Tea Tree, Lavender, Rosemary, Camphor and Lemon are wonderful. There's no need for expensive perfume when you have one of Crystal's blends on.

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By KJ Mullins