This blog post was written by City Hall summer interns Ryan Donahue and Jack Summersby. Photo by Michael O’Neill.
Erik Savoia is the owner of Erik’s Barber Shop, a Melrose institution at 950 Main Street and has been open for 20 years.
The shop is “A traditional barber shop for today’s gentleman of leisure,” Erik says. What does that mean? It’s a relaxing place to get a haircut or even a shave. There’s coffee for the adults, lollipops for the kids, and magazines to leaf through while you wait. Erik’s offers discounts for families, children, and senior citizens, and it’s not unusual for two or three generations of the same family to come in to the shop together.
Erik found Melrose appealing because of its family-oriented lifestyle and Victorian architecture. The style of the building suited the sort of business he wanted to have. He started small, opening with three chairs, then added more for a total of seven; he plans for one more addition in the future. This family-oriented shop is also a family business: Erik was the first in his family to become a barber, then two of his brothers followed after him, as well as his niece and nephew. His sons also work in the shop.
While the shop can get very busy, especially before school starts and during the holidays, Erik is proud of how it has grown over the past 20 years. He is strongly dedicated to his business and plans to continue it for a long time with his two sons, Damien and Devon.
Erik’s Barber Shop is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and closed on Sunday.