Foremost Barbershop cuts into downtown


Foremost Barbershop in downtown Grand Rapids is run by owner and barber Andrew Theile. Photo by Mike Nichols

Foremost Barbershop is the newest place to get a haircut in downtown Grand Rapids.

Andrew Theile, the owner, recently signed a three-year lease and opened his barbershop last month at the 945-square-foot space, at 152 Fulton St. E.

“Established” area

Theile chose Grand Rapids for his business, because he felt it seemed like a “good fit” for a barbershop.

The buzz of downtown progress doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, he said, and neither is the barber business.

“Barbering’s not a trend,” Theile said. “It’s been around forever. It’s going to be around forever. I wanted to be in an established area.”

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The shop

Since opening, Theile said his shop has averaged about five haircuts a day.

The shop has two chairs for customers, and Theile plans to get about two more.

Theile will be the main barber, along with a friend who also received his barber’s license from the same school Theile did.

Foremost Barbershop offers a $16 haircut, $25 shave and a $40 cut and shave.

“Barber college just seemed to fit”

Theile, an Owosso native, has had his barber’s license for seven years.

He was trained at Barber/Styling College of Lansing, he said, and spent about five years at Belmont Barbershop in Chicago, before moving to Grand Rapids this spring to begin work on his barbershop.

“I never really wanted ‘do’ hair,” Theile said. “I just wanted to cut hair. It kind of just came to me. I had a pair of clippers in high school. I used to cut my hair and my friends’ hair.

“I never liked going to school, doing homework, tests or papers and so barber college just seemed to fit,” he said.

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