Blood & Bandages
932 College Street, Toronto, ON, M6H 1A4
Don’t let name fool you - this is not a store dealing in horror movie memorabilia; it’s in fact a fun kitschy barber-shop.
|Store Type |||Hair Salon|
|Neighbourhood |||High Park|
|Getting There |||Ossington Subway Station, College Streetcar|
|Cross Street |||College Street and Dovercourt|
|Mon – Tues 11AM – 7PM, Wed 2PM – 7PM, Thurs – Fri 11AM – 7PM, Sat 9AM – 6PM, Sun closed|
Profile Last Updated: November 11, 2008
Owner and stylist Roger Janes has taken this very tiny (under a hundred square feet and with only two chairs) space and turned it into a weird, fun, kitschy, male-only barber-shop that would be right at home in the swinging 1970s. Hang your coat on one of the vintage stag-head coat hooks and look up at the retro matador relief paintings that adorn the walls. Get into the mood of looking great by leafing through one of the many vintage Playboy magazines while you wait for a cut. It’s just part of charm. Another part of the charm is the price. In a city known for its salons and hair stylists, this is an old-fashioned barber shop where you can still get a haircut for under $20.
That Famous Barber Pole
The somewhat esoteric name of the shop actually comes from the famous red and white barber’s pole. The pole was first conceived of in France in the 13th century and the two colours symbolize blood (red) and bandages (white). Although the role of the barber has changed quite a bit over the years—no, Janes does not perform medical procedures and folks leave his shop with the same blood count as they did when they came in—it’s all part of Janes’ long standing affinity for the past.