Steve searched for his 1st shop on Mill hill in his lunch hour, making sure he opened far enough away from his employer as a mark of respect. He Wanted to build his business, a quality that sadly lacks in a lot of young entrepreneurs.
He found the shop, 36 Mill Hill, Deal and with the help of a small loan from his mum and mother in law, bought a chair and a mirror. Then with the help
of his father in law, Derek and Steve’s partner Amanda, transformed the shop into a Barbershop to be proud of. It a was a family affair with his brother in law Jamie designing and installing its eye catching graphics.
Mr dapper and his partner Amanda now have 3 outlets: Mr Dapper’s, Just Gents and Girl next door.
Founded in 1993, Mr. Dapper opened ‘Just Gents’ barbershop in Mill Hill, Deal, Kent and found that Deal was crying out for a highly skilled barbering service.
Word quickly spread that Steve Lavery (Mr. Dapper) was indeed this barber
concentrating on solid core values and with a strong sense of community, he recruited locally and has thrived ever since.
The shop doesn’t have a high turn around of staff and when staff have left, they have gone on to run their own shops, or manage others and even float hairdressing establishments on the stock exchange.
Mr. Dapper also noted that ladies who required techniques that barbers use were being continually disappointed with the standard of cuts from ladies salons, so with the emphasis on combining good ladies hairdressing with expert cutting techniques, ‘Girl next door’ was born.
Incorporated within Just Gents, Girl next door is completely private studio which has proven extremely popular and booking is essential. Prices are very reasonable and standards are high making Steve incredibly proud of his team and sometimes even in awe of their razoring techniques.
Mr. Dapper opened in King St in April 2015 after Steve, his partner Amanda and their sons had tirelessly transformed the shop, working night and day turning it into the fantastic shop it is today.
Steve says “I am so proud of my family who all contributed to make this possible and a big thanks to my son Robbie who designed the amazing graphics.”