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Father and son move barbershop after 20 years

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Posted: Monday, May 10, 2004 10:08 am | Updated: 5:02 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

At the new Angelo’s Hair Studio for Men at the Scottsdale Fiesta Plaza, you get your neck shaved with a straight razor — without asking — as part of a regular haircut.

"Neck shaving with a straight razor is an old barbering tradition," said Tom Grifo, 41, who with his father, Angelo, 67, recently opened their new shop at the plaza at 10190 N. 90th St.

"No, you don’t have to ask . . . we ask you," Tom Grifo said.

The Grifos are introducing the old and new world of barbering at their seven-chair facility.

They’re also offering a fulltime shoe shiner, a manicurist and barber chairs that are so comfortable they tend to put customers to sleep, Tom Grifo said.

His father began cutting hair as a teenager in his native Palermo, Sicily.

The family, including wife and mother, Sylvia, moved from Italy to Rochester, N.Y., where Angelo opened a barbershop.

They eventually relocated to Scottsdale, and the older Grifo opened a shop at Mountain View Plaza on Hayden Road. His son later joined him.

Their old shop, a four, stiffback seater with no manicurist, shoe shiner or other fancy services, attracted regular customers for 20 years. However, a dispute over renewing a lease forced the Grifos to look elsewhere.

"We found a perfect place at the Scottsdale Fiesta Plaza," Tom Grifo said. "And when we moved, we decided to introduce the latest equipment and services. There’s a modern-day term used to describe our new shop — something you’d never hear years ago when my dad first started cutting hair.

"It’s called ‘metrosexual.’ "

The term, commonly used in the latest fashion magazines, refers to the services and beauty techniques offered to members of both sexes as well as the latest in equipment.

And while most of their customers are male, a woman occasionally asks for a trim or a manicure, Tom Grifo said.

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