Most businesses have struggled since the pandemic began, but there’s a barbershop in Owensboro that’s pushing through and reaching greater heights of success in the midst of this difficult time for businesses.
Sean Ralston, owner of Klutch Barbershop, began cutting hair just over 7.5 years ago, and with a fresh sense of style and an eye for the future, when it comes to hair, Ralston knew after just a couple of years of cutting hair, that he needed his own place where he could bring innovation to the barber game in Owensboro.
“It came to a point, to be able to do things the way I was trying to do them, I really needed my own space, and then I found some like minded people," said Ralston.
Almost five years ago, Ralston decided to take a risk and open up his own barbershop in Owensboro, and with a focus on cutting edge technology and style, Klutch Barbershop was born.
“The overall experience, its longer, much more detailed process," said Ralston. "I really say there’s two different types of clients. If you talk about food, you’ve got fast food people and you got fine dining people, so we’re the fine dining of the barber industry.”
Ralston says it took some time for the people of Owensboro to come around to the higher priced and higher fashioned cuts being handed out at his shop, but after people got to experience what Klutch had to offer, the business hasn’t stopped growing since.
“All it takes is you coming in and getting a haircut, and you enjoyed it, and it is something you liked over a different experience, then you’re going to go tell people," said Ralston. "Ya know, that slowly spread out, all it takes is one client to tell two clients and those two clients tell two.”
Klutch brings in awards year after year as one of the best shops in the city, and word of mouth advertising from their loyal customers is how they continue growing year after year.
“Actually, my brother in law told me," said Ben Byers." I was looking for a new place to get my haircut. I had been kind of getting the same thing for years. I have terrible hair, so I was looking for some place new to make me look presentable, so he referred me to Jamen, and I’ve even coming to jamen for close to five years now.”
And even in the midst of a pandemic, this high end barbershop has found success. So much so, that they’re planning to move to an even bigger shop on Frederica street
“We’re loving just down the street," said Ralston. "It’s a front and center location. This is a tight team. We’re close friends. It’s definitely more of a family, so just in the midst of the shutdown and all that, we’ve really came together as a team. We’ve maxed out this building. It’s a little bit old and things like that, so we wanted to take it to the next level.”
Klutch Barbershop will be moving to their Frederica Street location, the former Texas Gas campus in the Spring of 2021.