Whether it’s a spa, shop, combination of the two or a full-blown makeup bar, ladies have no shortage of goods or services when it comes to looking snazzy. Sometimes, if the accompanying menfolk are lucky, a minuscule corner on the back shelf bears a few items they can peruse whilst waiting for their lady-friends’ shopping trek to end.
Guys, if you’re feeling left out — or, ladies, if you want to treat your special guy to a day of indulgence — head to Carwin’s Shave Shop (5710 N. Classen Blvd.; 607-1197).
A step inside is a trip back in time, with the very modern twist of a substantial array of men’s grooming products, like brushes and shaving creams.
Chuck Naifeh, barber and shop manger, dresses the part in suspenders and a bow tie. He’s an expert on the ablutions of dapper men; he even teaches a straight-razor class. Like Carwin’s on Facebook for updates on specials and classes.
If you want to make the visit with your beau an outing, tag along and get a straight-razor leg shave. Naifeh said that once you’ve had one, it’s hard to go back to the regular razor and shaving gel. Carwin’s features a separate room from the shopping space that boasts an old-fashioned shave chair.
After the products are purchased and the face is clean-shaven (or the beard is under control), stay at Classen Curve and head to Steven Giles (5850 N. Classen Blvd.; 607-4633).
Every man needs at least one well-tailored suit. Steven Giles offers custom fittings for those serious duds buyers, where no detail is left unattended. If a complete suit isn’t quite in the budget, the shop is home to a menagerie of quality menswear like sweaters, ties, scarves and belts.
Once the shave and the suit are sorted out, it’s time for the time-honored tradition of cigar smoking.
At ZT Cigars (2726 W. Britton; 942- 0070), the selection isn’t sparse. Don’t know what you like? Friend ZT’s on Facebook for updates on cigar tastings.
So, men, no longer do you have to be on the periphery when it comes to grooming and clothing. From the shaving to the smoking, the metro will have you dandy in no time. Let’s shop, OKC!