The Carroll Gardens barbershop at 299 Smith Street had been run for more than a generation by Giorgio Zocco. Zocco, better known as ‘Sal the Barber’ passed away this past spring.
Carroll Gardens resident and friend of Sal’s, Steve Marks, has resurrected the space as an upscale barbershop–saving it from becoming another eatery on Smith Street’s restaurant row.
The new barbershop, called Persons of Interest, has been revamped from the more traditional Brooklyn barbershop into a trendier, more contemporary salon. That’s not to say that the new space hasn’t retained some of the old-timey character of Sal’s.
The new salon has kept the traditional blue and white striped barber pole out front, the original chairs (though recovered), and the tropical wall mural that adorned the back wall. The rest of the decor has been modernized.
New York Magazine says that the former TV producer, Marks, has staffed the new space with barbers from more “upscale chop shops Spiff and Deluxe.” The new haircuts will cost more than the $20 price-tag charged by Sal, but come with hair wash, free beers, and a shiatsu massage.
For more information about the switch and pictures of the new space, visit the blog Pardon Me for Asking. Links are below.