Co-founder: Luis Concha
Founded in: September 2, 2018
Based in: Astoria, Queens
Link to website: https://wellkeptbarbershop.com
Nearly two years ago, a high-end barbershop aiming to perfect the art of vintage style haircuts first opened its doors.
Luis Concha, co-founder of Well Kept Barbershop in Astoria, Queens says that his vision started with having a shop that was different from other barbershops in New York City.
“When you walk into our barbershop, you will see a lot of vintage decorations but also a modern style of cutting,” Concha said. “Our vision consisted of blending both vintage and modern styles together and having a place where men can feel comfortable getting their grooming needs done.”
Over the past year and a half, Concha says that his business has been embraced by the Astoria community.
But he never expected to be one of the countless businesses forced to close its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s been tough — but I have been posting on my Instagram letting everyone know that we’re still here and we’re going to get through this,” Concha said. “We’re all in this together.”
Today, Concha says that one of the best ways to help his business stay afloat is by sharing their photos on social media, leaving a review or purchasing a gift card.
Although times remain uncertain for Luis and countless other businesses across the country, his hopes remain high for his company to bounce back.
“One thing I can assure you is that every barbershop in New York City is going to be so busy once we’re allowed to re-open again.” Concha said. “It’s going to be great.”
And he leaves this message of hope for his Queens neighbors:
“This is a time of change for everyone, but don’t get yourself down about it because we’re all in this together. You just have to hold on to hope and continue to stay positive.”