Slick Bar­bers crowned the best in Ire­land

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - BYSARAGAHAN

SLICK Bar­bers in Gorey have proven they re­ally are a cut above the rest af­ter be­ing crowned best bar­bers in the coun­try last week.

Own­ers Ar­lene and Higor Garcez of Slick Bar­bers, Clonat­tin Road, Gorey were over the moon af­ter they re­ceived Best Bar­bers of 2017 in the Ir­ish Hair and Beauty awards held in the Crowne Plaza Ho­tel, Dublin.

In the space of 11 short months since it open for busi­ness last Oc­to­ber, Slick Bar­bers has built up a loyal cus­tomer base. To the de­light of Ar­lene and Higor, who live above the premises, these cus­tomers nom­i­nated and voted for Slick Bar­bers through­out the process.

‘We were short listed in the top ten bar­bers and then an­nounced at the final. We are thrilled, it still has not sunk in and just want to thank all who voted for us,’ said Ar­lene.

Higor, who is only 22 years old, is orig­i­nally from Brazil, where he learned his trade from his fa­ther, who owns his own bar­ber shop.

‘He trained with his fa­ther be­fore com­ing to Ire­land in 2015 and set his own bar­bers up. It was al­ways his dream to have his own shop,’ said Ar­lene.

Higor worked in Brazil and Ire­land as a bar­ber for the past four years, but last year de­cided it is time to have his own place.

‘The shop has such a lovely at­mos­phere, es­pe­cially af­ter school when the stu­dents come in. They can play pool while they wait for their turn to have their hair cut,’ said Ar­lene.

Ar­lene said they just hired their first em­ployee as things are start­ing to pick up – Higor’s twin brother Hi­ago.

Pro­pri­etors Higor and Ar­lene Garcez with staff mem­ber Hi­ago Garcez.

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