Editor’s Note: With a slew of holiday parties coming your way (and the subsequent stress the holidays bring along) there’s not a better time to treat your self to a new cut in a relaxing atmosphere. If that peaks your interest, this archive piece by Casey Sykes explores the one of a kind experience that is Pageman and its resident barber, Jamie Wester.
Words and Photos by Casey Sykes.
It’s common knowledge that most women enjoy going to a salon. They love being put at ease, getting pampered, and leaving refreshed. But why are these things stereotyped as exclusively feminine qualities? Don’t men also enjoy getting cleaned up and given a fresh cut by a person who pays attention to detail? Shouldn’t there be a place for a man to be taken care of while at the same time be taken seriously? This is precisely the idea behind PAGEMAN, an Athens barber shop exclusively for men.
Located above Walker’s Pub in the heart of downtown, PAGEMAN is tucked away inside of its parent business, PAGEBOY. Walk up the stairs, take a right, then a left down a short hallway, and you’ll find yourself in an idyllic, sunlit room that hearkens back to a simpler time. People lounge by the window, blues music saunters through the air, and Jamie Wester is hard at work.
Wester, a 31-year-old Athens local, is PAGEMAN’s sole employee. He’s been cutting hair professionally for four years, and has manned the helm of PAGEMAN since its debut only two months ago.
“If we pick up and get busier sometime in the future, we do have a spot for someone else,” says Wester. “But the idea is for right now have me back here and give me the responsibility to hopefully make PAGEMAN a success.”
Even though it’s just him for now, Jamie doesn’t rush his work. He takes his time, ensuring each customer not only a haircut, but an experience.
“PAGEMAN offers an experience that can take you back in time. There was a point in time when there was a ‘men’s area’, a men’s space for gentlemen to come get their hair cut and kind of let loose,” says Wester. At PAGEMAN, he wants to bring that back.
With exposed brick, old photo books, a nearly 100-year-old barber chair, and even a gramophone, PAGEMAN reflects an early 1900s aesthetic. More importantly, Jamie looks to reflect the time period’s less rushed pace and dedication to good work. “It’s like a gentlemen’s club almost,” says Wester.
For the man that’s been in search of an authentic barber shop, PAGEMAN offers a cut with class for just $32. If he only wants to rein in his beard to a more conservative style, it’s $12. Combining the 2 is $42, and a customer can pocket the extra $2 for a cup of coffee at Walker’s downstairs.
For now, PAGEMAN is keeping it simple, but in the near future, they look forward to also offering neck trims, color additions, and hot shaves. Unlike a regular shave, a hot shave uses warm towels, rich lather, soothing face conditioner, and a straight razor to ensure the closest and smoothest shave humanly possible. Besides, what shouts “manliness” more than trusting another man to pull a blade across your throat? (Don’t worry, PAGEMAN will actually be employing the use of safety straight razors so each customer gets a fresh, sanitized blade that isn’t likely to cut you at all).
“Athens is called the Classic City, and this is in itself a classic experience,” says Wester. “So it’s keeping it classy.” All in all, the barber shop’s vintage appearance, relaxed atmosphere, and Jamie’s commitment to quality make PAGEMAN a must for any man looking to stay sharp.