Sarah Varley speaks to owner Edd Holden about the opening of Cannon House Barbers, offering bespoke male grooming that combines high end traditional and contemporary services with a great customer experience
Congratulations on your launch last month, what motivated you to open Cannon House Barbers?
After DJing all over the world, I changed tack a few years ago and combined this with barbering. As well as working in a high-end barbers in Lytham, I worked at renowned Manchester barbers’ Mr Male Grooming in Spinningfields. The city-centre clientele demanded extremely high standards so I really honed my skills and wanted to bring that level of barbering to my home town of Preston. I was also really inspired by the barbershop bar I visited at the Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas last year – the idea that the experience can be so much more than a haircut.
What made you choose Cannon Street as your location?
Cannon Street has recently had a regeneration through lottery funding. The cobbles have been restored and there are a lot of really cool shops. We are located right opposite the very popular Wings and Beer Sports Bar. It’s also a really handy location for all the young professionals on Winckley Square, another really vibrant part of Preston where the arcitecture was inspired by the Georgian squares of London back in the 1800s. I’m very proud of Preston’s heritage – as well as being eye-catching, the big green sheep in our window is the symbol from Preston’s coat of arms in the away team colour of Preston North End.
What sets you apart at Cannon House?
As well as the highest standards of barbering, it’s about the service and the experience. There is nothing else like us in Preston. The shop is really cool and quirky – fresh, crisp and modern with a stripped-back, warehouse style, you feel like you are in London or the Northern Quarter. We’ve added details like custom lighting, that not only looks great but provides the perfect spread of light for cutting hair.
The space has been designed to be moveable as we’re going to have live events and exhibitions to enjoy while you get your hair cut, I’m delighted to be getting the very active creative community in Preston involved with art exhibitions as well as DJ sets on the last weekend of each month.
The most important difference is the service. Here you can enjoy a wash and finish along with a really good cup of coffee without being rushed – a complimentary fresh ground bean coffee or beverage of your choice is included with every service. It’s the perfect experience!
Cannon House Barbers is offering Live Readers the special rate of £10 for any service to all new clients throughout March and April.
Book now at: cannonhousebarbers.booksy.com
Cannon House Barbers
16 Cannon Street
Preston PR1 3NR