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The Barbershop offers an upscale experience

A look inside the new salon that caters to men, The Barbershop by Salon Inga.

A look inside the new salon that caters to men, The Barbershop by Salon Inga.

Beer, bourbon and the sound of sports will greet guests at the Barbershop by Salon Inga.

April marks 28 years of business in the Tampa Bay area for Salon Inga, founded by Inge Handing and currently in Carrollwood.

Now, her and daughter Tanja Catoe, who joined as a partner in 2009, are expanding their business by opening a salon at 4544 W Kennedy Blvd. near West Shore Boulevard that caters to men.

"The men's grooming market was on the rise and we noticed our male clientele was growing and growing," Catoe said. "Thirty-five percent of our clients are men."

Though the Barbershop's services include mostly haircuts, it also offer neck cleanups, beard trims (beards are a big thing right now), brow shaping and manicures.

"Not one haircut fits all anymore," Catoe said. "Men are more comfortable using products, and the Barbershop will provide more of an upscale experience. Men like to be pampered, too."

Women's products won't be stocked on the shelves of the man cave.

"There's similar concepts and we can give a great haircut, but it's our years of experience and high standards of customer service that make us stand out," Catoe said.

The grand opening takes place today, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with cocktails, hors douvers and giveaways. For more information visit,

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The Barbershop offers an upscale experience 03/23/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 12:10pm]
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