Bondi locals need to be groomed on a regular basis. This is where the long established Chop Shop comes into play. This icon has been the go to place for the Bondi man for over ten years. The Chop Shop barber side of the business is starting to take over the original salon, that owner Dan Dixon started ten years ago with a small loan from his late grandmother. The shop is more than a barbershop. Half of the Jaque Street building is an award winning salon, and when you walk through the side door between the two shops you enter the barbershop. The nice thing about this business is if you want more than a cut and a shave, you can get extras like a colour in a private room. avoiding the normal barber banter.
The shop has recently been renovated, with another two chairs put into a separate room behind the main space. The fit out is pretty cool with some bikes hanging from the ceiling and a few random carved cattle skulls. There is a pretty neat wall of iconic photos which will keep you amused whilst waiting.
Bondi has a large mix of different cultures and the Chop Shop seems to be a favorite place for the male English backpacker, especially the day I visited. The barber on duty on the day I visited was a London boy, and was up to date with the latest UK trends and seemed to have a good following.
Bondi Beach is an international location for world fashionistas and Dan has done a great job capturing two completely different markets without diluting his business approach. You can just get a cool cut off the bench or if you want something special you can book a consultation and go the full hog.
This Bondi Chop Shop has won many awards and is involved with many of the big brand male grooming suppliers. They often service many PR and photo shoots for this medium. I also spied a famous Australian Rock star sitting in the line waiting for a trim, very predictable for Sydney coolest beachside suburb.
2A Jaques Ave, Bondi Beach NSW 2026
(02) 9130 3684