Today we’d like to introduce you to Rich Firicano.
Rich, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My story started in 1996 when a friend of mine convinced me to visit a cosmetology/barber school. See, I was working nights trying to find my calling when he came up with the idea of us going through the school and maybe starting a salon together. When I got there and saw what the barbers were learning something just clicked and knew barbering was it for me. It was my calling! Then the wheels started turning and I started to think about working with a male clientele, talking news, watching sports and discussing the big game, it started sounding really good. Working for myself and help bring back a profession that seemed to be fading pushed me to go all in! The barbershop across the street from where I grew up, and still living there at the time, was owned by Nunzio Toscano. He was ready to retire and offered to sell the shop to me. I was still in barber school at the time but knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to own the very shop and chair that I got my first haircut in. Talk about perfect timing. So I bought it and so 20 years later, a few local awards and a growing clientele made up of the best guys around I’m going strong and continuing to grow each year with no intention on slowing down in that same little shop I sat in 43 years ago.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest challenges I’ve found over the years is finding the right help. Finding good, honest, hard-working barbers who take pride in themselves and their work is a tuff task. If you were to ask ten shop owners I’d bet you’d get that answer ten times. I think it is crucial to find the right help in order to succeed. I believe I have that in my guys. Another challenge is achieving consistency. Guys expect to see the same barbers every time they walk in, the same quality of service every time they sit in a chair, that is what helps build trust and loyalty with your clients and I believe I give that every single day.
Please tell us about Firicano’s Barbershop.
Firicano’s Barbershop is located in Boston’s historic North End at 240 North St. We are a three man shop, owned and operated by Rich Firicano, and are open Tuesday through Saturday. We offer services such as both classic and modern haircuts, traditional hot lather straight razor shaves, beard trims and neck clean ups. I have been recognized and received awards by different media outlets for my straight razor shaves. I believe what separates me from the rest is the consistency and the drive for excellence and professionalism that I try to give every client who sits in my chair every day, no exceptions!
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite childhood memories all stem from the neighborhood I grew up in and they are endless. There is no way I could pick just one. I’m so proud of being able to say I grew up in what I consider to be the best neighborhood in this country, the North End, and for 20 years now a part of its business community. I hope to make it as proud of me as I am of it.
- Haircuts $18
- Straight Razor Shave $15
- Wash and Cut $20
- Beard Trims $5
- Neck Clean Up $5
- Address: Firicano’s Barbershop
240 North St.,
Boston, MA 02113
- Website: Firicanosbarbershop.com
- Phone: 617-557-9141
- Email: Firicanosbarbershop@aol.com
- Facebook: Firicano’s Barbershop
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