As with all great business ventures, it started with a dream. In Max Glazer’s case, his dream was to bring back the classic early 1900’s barber shop.
After the great recession hit in 2008, Glazer moved from Suffern, NY to St. Pete and spent the next few years brainstorming and working on the concept of a vintage barber shop offering high-end services paired with a new product line he had been developing.
In 2014, Glazer found a space for lease at the newly completed Sundial St. Pete, and seized the opportunity. After contacting the Edward’s Group, he was given the chance to pitch his idea to Mr. Edwards. His dream was quickly becoming a reality.
“I looked at Westshore and International Plaza, but I love St. Pete,” he said. “This is where I live.” And so in late 2014, The Shave Cave debuted in a 900 square foot space at Sundial in Downtown St. Petersburg.
Five years after opening, The Shave Cave has outgrown its humble beginnings and recently announced plans to relocate and double in size. The new shop will be located at 215 1st Street North, about 50 yards from the current storefront.
And while the move is good news for The Shave Cave, it marks another tenant exiting from the Sundial shopping center. Since reopening in 2014, seven of the original tenants have vacated. Some, like The Shave Cave, has succeeded at Sundial and have left in order to expand, while others have simply closed up shop. Currently there are five vacant spaces in the center.
In moving across the street, The Shave Cave will join local favorite Karma Juice Bar & Eatery, Dot Ice, and a Russian trinket store named Vladimir’s Collection, in a building that fronts 1st Avenue North.
Karma Juice Bar & Eatery recently endured an electrical fire and has temporarily relocated inside Intermezzo Coffee and Cocktails in the EDGE District. However, The Shave Cave’s space was thankfully spared any damage.
With a planned grand opening this fall, the new digs will feature six barbering stations, a craft beer and wine lounge pouring locally brewed beer, big screen TVs, snacks, and an arcade.
The lounge is designed to accommodate parties such as groomsmen and birthday parties, and is open to anyone when not reserved.
“Creating an environment where guests can truly relax and enjoy their time with us was the goal, and we hope our existing and future clients alike will dig the new space,” says Glazer.
The Shave Cave offers haircuts, buzz cuts, clean ups, beard trims, and hot towel straight razor shaves. Services range from $15 to $45.
In addition to the barbershop, The Shave Cave will also include a small retail shop featuring a wide variety of men’s grooming products, crafted locally in St. Petersburg. Products include beard oils, beard balms, pre-shave oils, shaving creams, aftershaves, razors, and much more.
We love seeing local, homegrown businesses succeed in St. Pete. They are the backbone of our city and truly make St. Pete special. We cannot wait to experience the Shave Cave in their newer and larger space this fall.
As for Glazer’s thoughts on the upcoming move,“I love St. Pete,” he says. “ I couldn’t imagine growing anywhere else.”