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Meet the Owners: S.E. Mattis at the Heights Barber Shop

A new Seminole Heights business offers a revised spin on the classic barber shop.

Editor's note: Meet the Owner is a regular Patch feature spotlighting Seminole Heights' small business owners. Want to be featured next or have a business to recommend? Post a comment below or email us at seminoleheights@patch.com.


The spiraling barber pole at 6500 N. Florida Ave. is certainly a tip-off. But don't assume is part of the classical barbershop revival of recent years.

Yes, co-owners Scott Mattis and Chris Copeland provide only the essential barbershop services: Cuts, shampoos and straight razor shaves. And yes, nostalgia is their décor theme. But did your grandfather's barbershop have album covers from Duran Duran, Heaven 17 and Journey on the walls?

Call it Seminole Heights eclectic — a post modern mash-up of décor and furnishings that values do-it-yourself resourcefulness over novel authenticity.

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6500 N. Florida Ave.
813-919-9718

Opened: March 20, 2012 

Decor theme: “We're all over the place. It's just a hodge podge from the '80s to the '20s. We feel like we're part of the neighborhood, and part of the neighborhood is being eclectic.” 

On the playlist: Customers might hear Cut Copy, The Presets, IMx, Cake or Rage Against the Machine playing over the speakers that Copeland fashioned out of old suitcases. 

Clientele: “A lot of people from the neighborhood have been coming, which is really awesome,” said Copeland. “Everything from lawyers to cooks to tattoo artists.” He said they're mainly in their late 20s to early 30s. But occasionally a senior comes in to the shop, making an appreciative remark along the lines of, “Nobody does real shaves any more,” according to Copeland. 

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Daniel Downs June 11, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Exactly what a guy would want in a real barber shop. A good haircut at a good price, clean, and good conversation. I highly recommend.

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