With a line of hopeful clients already forming just after opening at 10 a.m., Jesse Harlow hosted the grand opening of his brand new business, Handcrafted Barber Studio, on Thursday, Aug. 1. The studio is located in downtown Fergus Falls at 101 W. Lincoln Ave. and offers haircuts, facials, hot towel shaves, beard grooming, kids haircuts, designs and more. There’s a telltale rotating barber pole in the front window, making the shop easy to spot.
“It’s always kind of been a dream of mine,” Harlow said, “and then I started really thinking about it maybe a couple of months ago and focused more on making it happen, then I can be closer to family because I’m originally from here.”
Harlow studied at Moler Barber College of Hair Styling in Fargo and, after graduating in July of 2016, went to work at Tailor Made Barber Studio in Moorhead (though it then moved to Fargo). After about three years of working, he decided he wanted to move onto the next stage of his career: entrepreneurship. “I like the idea of being my own boss, being able to create a vision of how I want something to be,” Harlow says.
Harlow is both the owner and sole employee at Handcrafted Barber Studio, at least for now. “If I can find the right person then I’d definitely add on another chair,” he says.
Harlow focuses primarily on men’s hair. Haircuts come with a straight razor neck shave and hot towel, along with complimentary beverages. For women, “If it’s like an undercut or something, I’ll do that, but it’s not my specialty by any means.”
What sets Harlow apart from other barbers in the area is his commitment to staying up to date on the industry. “I’m really big into continuing education,” he says. “I go to seminars, I feel like staying up to date on all the new trends and everything is good for me, it’s good for my clients. It’s not just a haircut, it’s an experience.”
The shop is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed Sunday and Monday.