After 10 months of being in business, Alek’s Barber Shop at 167 Main St. received an official ribbon-cutting ceremony from the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, June 28. “Any time a new business enters the Chamber of Commerce, we do this whole ribbon-cutting ceremony for them and present them with a certificate of recognition,” said Executive Director of the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce Bobbie Polay.
Prior to the opening of Alek’s Barber Shop, owned and operated by Alek Kalantarov, the space served as an office building. Now, local residents can enjoy classic barbershop haircuts as well as styling, coloring and shaving services.
The shop also caters to women, as Alek’s wife provides eyebrow and lip waxes.
“I don’t feel like there’s any competition,” said Kalantarov. “I give service to the people and then they can see who is good and who is not.”
Kalantarov prides himself on his detail-oriented methods and individualized attention to each client, which is reflected in repeated visits by loyal customers. Before opening his own storefront, he had cut hair at various locations, allowing him the opportunity to hear opinions and criticisms from a range of people while adjusting his technique accordingly along the way.
“Attention and detail. These are my goals. That is my priority,” said Kalantarov.
Among those in attendance for the ribbon-cutting ceremony was North Hempstead Town Clerk Wayne Wink, who expressed his excitement for the future of the business and wished the best for Kalantarov as he moves forward.
“I wish Alek lots of success,” said Wink. “It’s great to have new stores coming into Main Street to reinvigorate our downtown, and hopefully not only does he get the customers on Main Street in here, but he brings in new ones too.”
Alek’s Barber Shop is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, call 347-612-6446 and check out their reviews on Yelp.