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Vogue Magazine

Vogue Magazine

Mile-Ex: The Hidden Montreal Neighborhood That’s Winning Over the Creative Set

by Karen Burshtein


"Emporium looks straight out of Williamsburg with its homey-chic aesthetic, vintage swivel chairs, and hipster barbers in their top knots and-or beards. It’s certainly charming, the design is spot on, and—of course—the cuts are on point. Owner Alex Sirois and his team do fine cuts using Merkur razors, and pamper with products such as the locally made Groom. Like other places in the neighborhood, this feels less like a place of commerce and more like a spot where friends come to hang out. Chet Baker and New Order are on the playlist, and clients drink craft beer from the neighborhood brewery while getting primped." Read full article

The Main Montreal

The Main Montreal

THE CUT OF A GENTLEMAN: MONTREAL’S 6 BEST BARBERSHOPS

by Elio R.

"Nestled away on the corner of Parc and St-Zotique, Emporium feels like a bubble community. Despite being a stone’s throw away from Parc Avenue’s hustle and flow, walking up the street to it feels like entering a separate world. The inside is small, cozy and faintly nostalgic: lined with parquet flooring and wood furnishings. With only three chairs to work in, you quickly fall into a tight-knit group. This isn’t about mass-produced cuts. It’s about giving all your attention to one person at a time and making sure your stay is the best it can be. Have a whiskey while you wait, and indulge yourself with a traditional wet-shave. The barbers take their time, paying attention to the details, the lather of the soap, the sharpness of the blade. Alex, the owner, speaks highly of the Mile-Ex neighbourhood, eager to talk about and recommend nearby spots. Within Emporium, there is a tremendous sense of camaraderie, and one is engulfed in fantastic conversation." Read full article