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The Godfather

Take a step back in time in this Wellington barber.
By Judah Finnigan
July 09, 2015
By Judah Finnigan
July 09, 2015

While melding the modern with the classic has become a popular trope for the contemporary barbershop, few outfits inhabit that space with the authenticity of The Godfather Barbers. Persuasively steeped in ‘50’s furniture and décor, the shop is a hospitable mesh of vintage charm and current conveniences; waiting patrons can help themselves to coffee or tea (from antique sets, no less) and wi-fi access. The influence of the titular Mario Puzo masterpiece is affectionately employed here too, with all the barbers sporting slick monikers like ‘The Don’ (that’s owner Rodrigo Ballaminut), ‘The Capo’ and ‘The Consigliere’ – not to mention the framed portrait of the original Don Corleone presiding over your shave.

Now would probably be an overly obvious moment to insert a lazy nod to ‘an offer that you couldn’t refuse’, but glancing at the sharp fades and fine shaves Ballaminut’s team provide for genuinely comfortable prices sets it up irresistibly.


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