WINCHESTER – The first day for a new business is usually a mix of anxiety and excitement. For Chris Roman, owner of Trieste Barbershop, day one couldn’t have gone any better.
“It’s been non-stop since I opened. It’s been great,” said Roman as customers continued to stream in the door during his shop’s grand opening on Tues., Jan. 2.
For Roman, who commutes from Barrhaven every day, opening a new business in a town that he wasn’t very familiar with was an exercise in faith that seems to have been rewarded early on.
Hardly one to rest on his laurels, he plans to put up signs on Main Street to hopefully attract new customers and build on a strong first week. He also has plans to eventually replace the antique chair that was once in the shop, but they can cost more than $2,000.
For now, customers seemed happy that a barber has returned to the village. A simple cut and a shave can be hard to find. For Roman, this is the culmination of years of hard work and a dream he’s had since he was young.
“My dad and I liked it. I’ve been doing it since I was fourteen. I started cutting hair in London, Ont. Before that, it was just my dad’s or my own hair,” said Roman.
Trieste Barbershop is open Tuesday to Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm and is located on Main Street down the alley behind the Lions’ store.