One vintage barber's chair is perched in front of a mirror, surrounded by old-fashioned lather machines, hot towels and traditional clippers. The manly, antlered décor sits comfortably on the off-white walls of the small but well-organized barber shop owner Billy Cregger is so proud of.
"When I was in New York back in 2008, I came across this old-school barber shop," said Cregger. "I thought it was so neat that I wanted to duplicate that while putting my own twist on it."
Whether it's the way he decorates the shop or the way he does everything, Cregger said that he wants clients to come in for a novel, "masculine" experience.
Cregger is originally from Orange County, Calif. and attended The Barber School in Salt Lake City after arriving in Utah four years ago.
"I just wanted to switch it up," said Cregger. "I love the mountains, and I wanted to kind of break out and do something different."
His interest in what he calls a "dying art" is due in part to his family history. His great-grandfather was a barber in the Dakotas, and his mother is a hair stylist back in his hometown.
The history of the barber shop is also something that intrigued the young barber.
With his research in mind, Cregger moved to Park City and began working at Prospect. He then attended The Barber School, and after completing his studies on traditional men's cuts, hot shaves and boys' cuts, worked at a high end salon. On June 29, he finally opened up his own shop in the Prospect clothing store.
"I want this to be a one-stop shop," said Cregger. "Clients can come in for a haircut and then buy a new shirt or a pair of shoes to go out for the night if they need to."
He said that he strives to stay true to the antiquated art, but at the same time, customers can expect to receive one-of-a-kind haircuts according to their own personal style and the shapes of their heads.
"I cut hair freehand, clippers over comb, and it's all done by eye," said Cregger. "Each haircut is custom to the person's liking."
He also plans to offer what he calls the "hangover treatment" on Thursdays and Saturdays. The service includes a haircut as well as hot and cold towel treatment, oil treatment, and a massage to "fine tune" the client.
Cregger said the hair products available for purchase at his shop are paraben and sulfate-free and all made in Long Beach, Calif. He wants to offer the same type of products that are respected in Europe, a country he says represents the gold standard of cosmetic products.
Clients are welcome to walk in, but calling in to make an appointment is preferred. Either way, Cregger said he is sure to fit in whoever needs a haircut.
"I just love to make people happy and feel good," said Cregger. "If they leave my shop happy, then I'm happy."
Billy's Barber Shop