Sometimes a million dollar idea isn’t just about the money. Rod, Gun & Barbers has been a hair salon in Junction since 2014, known for their haircuts, wet shaves, cigars, beer, alcoholic drinks and also a live music series on weekends.
In an effort to create the coolest place ever, owner Jeff James hooked up to a true fishing rod club, combining his love of hunting and fishing with a barber shop and a licensed bar.
A brilliantly made and highly stylized promotional clip from a few years ago acts like a Hollywood movie script based on a true story.
While there are usually no live performances during haircuts and dates are always encouraged, there’s no denying the beauty of a barbershop where you are greeted with a pint.
Blockages nearly destroyed this gem, and the location of Parkdale, which grew from the original location, was still at 2877 Dundas Street West.
âIt will take years to recover financially,â says James. âI lost a lot of money and I don’t have the personal wealth to carry it. COVID [also] destroyed jobs in the service sector. I had about half the staff folded up and left for Quebec, Alberta, Peterborough. “
James says the loss of the barbers meant he couldn’t find enough staff for both locations anyway.
Now that the restrictions have been lifted, they are back to live music programming in the Junction location.
This is something the barber shop started doing in 2014. They scheduled live music on the weekends and found they knew a lot of musicians who wanted to perform.
These days, musicians who play Rod, Gun & Barbers include genres ranging from country blues to hard rock.
James hopes to continue concerts for the foreseeable future. There is no cover charge but a pitcher is distributed for tips. The capacity of the shop is only 29 people.