In Their Habitat: Michael Wells

Meet Michael Wells of Mr. Hobbs Barber Shop. Michael started his barber training when he was 15 years old, in London, England and has brought that experience and more to his new space in the South Granville neighbourhood. A delightful mix of old world meets new from his vintage barber chairs, hot towel machine and dart board, to the very logo on the shop window showing a typical English gentleman walking his dog.

The shop is actually named after Michael's dog Hobbs whose picture is in a place of honour on the wall as you enter. Like a more elegant "man cave" there is a comfortable and welcoming personal style evident in the framed sailors knots (he's also an avid sailor), various photos and a remarkable model ship, Captain Cook's HMS Endeavour which took Michael six months to build.

So drop on by! The big screen "telly" is on and chances are there's a match, soccer to you folks here. Don't worry if there's a line-up, just put your name on the chalk board and have a seat. In the meantime as you wait, ask him about his model ship...or have a game of darts!

Neighbourhood?  

We live in the Kits area.

How long have you lived here?  

Over eight years now and we truly enjoy the area.

What is it about the neighbourhood that inspires you the most?  

Walking the neighbourhood - you don't need to drive anywhere.  We particularly enjoyed watching the South Granville Street evolve over the years.

Preferred method of transportation?

My wife and I enjoy walking.

Favourite neighbourhood joint?  

We like to go to the Stanley and the 5th Avenue theatre when we have the time,which is quite limited right now

Favourite place to shop in the neighbourhood?  

My wife shops at most spots in South Granville...too numerous to name!

What do you do?

I'm a Barber - I  own and operate Mr. Hobbs Barber Shop on Granville Street, between 14th and 15th Avenues.

How long have you been doing that?  

I opened the shop 10 months ago because I thought the South Granville area needed a new Barber Shop vibe.

How would you describe your art?

Barbering in the old days was considered a "Trade" however, today one needs to be on top of your "Trade" with the latest trends while maintaining the "Tradition" of the art.

Favourite drink?  

Right now we are enjoying 2012 Red Wines.

Where to get it?

The South Granville Wine shop has a great selection.

What are you currently reading?

"40 Years of Fleetwood Mac" - one of my clients wrote the book.

Favourite item of clothing?  

My hat!

Favourite fragrance?  

Sandlewood.

Favourite place(s) to vacation?  

Kayaking the Broken Islands.

Biggest influencers?  

My family.

24 Hours with?  

With my wife Nancy and our new grandson.