In 1999 Steve Salecich and Maria Dillon set out to revolutionise the barbershop landscape in Sydney.
More than two decades later Grand Royal Barbers (named after the label and magazine of Steve and Maria’s favourite band, The Beastie Boys) is an institution for men’s grooming, now operating out of salons in Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and Sydney CBD.
Walking into the Riley Street Salon feels like a trip back to the 1930s: reupholstered retro barber chairs in bright red leather with sleek silver trims face floor to ceiling mirrors, vintage knickknacks are displayed in cabinets and a choice of beverage on arrival transport clients to another time.
Customer service is key for Grand Royal, in fact, during his training years Steve was taught the importance of banter alongside skill when delivering the barbershop experience.
Steve is a fifth-generation barber. He was introduced to the trade by his father, and his aunt works alongside him in the Riley Street Salon. His business partner and wife Maria has trained internationally and runs their Darlinghurst salon.
“I’m very proud of the experienced staff in our team and the three great destinations we have created. We have a band of juniors coming through who are being trained by some of the best barbers in the industry, which in turn will mean a healthy crop of new barbers to keep our craft alive,” said Steve.
Customers are made to feel like family when they walk through the door. Their level of customer service, craft precision and experience have earned Grand Royal Barbers the reputation as one of the top barbershops in Sydney.
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Grand Royal Barbers
381 Riley Street Surry Hills
10 Spring Street Sydney
397 Liverpool Street Darlinghurst