From a pipedream to reality.. we welcome the Ash and Oak Barbershop.
For Ray Steels Owner Josh Kinnes owning a Barbershop has always been a crazy dream.
Josh has lived in Belgrave, the heart of the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria for a number of years. During these years he had always kept his eye on one particular shop.. 'the old op shop'.
The Op Shop had residence at 1708 Burwood Hwy, Belgrave for 16 years. Around 2019 the op shop closed its doors for the last time.
The shop itself remain vacant for a number of months before it accepted a new identity as a lolly shop. Unfortunately the ill-fated lolly shop didn't last long due to the 'global pandemic' - Covid 19.
Throughout the lockdown Josh pondered long and hard at the site of the vacant shop and the different possibilities which lay behind its closed doors.
Fast forward to March 2021 with 1708 Burwood hwy having a new lease on life, now the Ash and Oak Barbershop.
We are proud to say we are not just a Barbershop but s creative space which holds 4 barber chairs, a tattoo studio and a retail space selling street wear, skateboards and of course, Ray Steels aprons, bags and wallets.
The next challenge, Ray Steels and Ash and Oak Barbershop owner Josh becomes the apprentice as he learns the skills of being a barber.