Like taco shops, specialty barbershops in Greenville are having a moment — they are popping up with increased regularity.
The latest to open is Circa Barbershop, operating out of a temporary space in Hampton Station ArtUp Studios at 1320 Hampton Ave. Extension until it moves to its permanent location inside the new Half-Moon Outfitters at 603 E. Stone Ave.
Announced in June 2017, the Half-Moon store and Tetrad Brewing Co. on the ground level of the same building are under construction with the goal of opening later this year.
Circa will be located in a 300-square-foot space in the street-level retail area of the outdoor outfitters store.
Agents Grayson Burgess of The Burgess Co. and Rakan Draz of Avison Young brokered the transaction.
Circa comes from Columbia, where owner DR Granger first set up shop inside his family’s retail clothing store. He then opened a second shop inside Indah Coffee.
The symbiotic model of barbershop, restaurant, and retail is deliberate, Granger says.
“We wanted to create something that was affordable but have a really cool atmosphere for our guys and girls that get their hair cut,” he says.
The Greenville location is operated by brothers Joseph and Jeffrey Neely.
“We both got started cutting hair in college because college kids are too broke to go to a barbershop,” Jeffrey Neely says. “We were naturally pretty good at it and just really enjoyed it, so we kept perfecting the craft.”
Granger connected with the Neelys via Instagram when mutual friends happened upon before-and-after photos of Jeffrey Neely cutting 12 inches of hair off of his brother.
That week, the Neelys drove to Columbia to meet with Granger and immediately knew they wanted to open a Circa location in Greenville.
“It is pretty incredible the success DR has had so quickly building the brand of Circa, and we are confident that this brand has a lot to offer Greenville,” Jeffrey Neely says.
Visit circabarbershop.com for more information and temporary hours of operation.