A well-rounded grooming routine is the foundation of every man's style, and we're talking about more than just run-of-the-mill haircuts. Barbershops across the country have arguably never been more sophisticated, offering services such as warm towel shaves, facials, pedicures, and manicures (sometimes carefully masculinized as "handshake maintenance"). Grooming clubs go a step further and, for an annual fee, offer unlimited shaves, haircuts, and even a stiff drink while you're being pampered.
But membership is about more than just convenience or saving by buying in bulk. It's also about treatment. At most of these establishments, preferences are remembered, drinks are poured, and cuts are timely. In other words, they offer service that makes you look and feel like a million bucks.
The Gents Place in Dallas
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and The Gents Place doesn't disappoint. It's decked out in big comfy lounge chairs, wide open spaces paneled in wood, and a giant red felt pool table for killing time between appointments. There's a menu of annual memberships that range from $795–$3000 and include their signature "hand repair service," which is a favorite of clients. Just don't call it a manicure. "We would never call it that," says founder Ben Davis. There's a place to plug in your laptop while grabbing a drink at the bar if business calls. Pony up while getting a hot towel shave. That's not a bad day at the office. [214–329-0400, thegentsplace.com]