What’s In Store: Hello, Handsome

Upgrade your grooming game this fall with these just-for-the-gents goods and services.

Photo by Lizzy Barrett

Barbershop Lounge

You’d like to gaze into your lover’s eyes over a candlelit dinner, but if your eyebrows look like a caterpillar on your forehead, chances are your server might be the only one staring back. Enter Back Bay’s Barbershop Lounge, which offers brow shaping ($16) for guys: Yes, there will be hot wax applied and ripped off, but it’ll be done in a comfy black leather chair with a fresh-brewed coffee in hand from the bar in the back to ease your mind.

245 Newbury St., Boston, 617-450-0021, barbershoplounge.com.

Bliss Spa

If your nails look like you farm for a living and your cracked heels suggest you’ve spent the entire summer barefoot, the Manly-Cure ($30) and Sole Man pedicure ($60) at Bliss Spa in the W Hotel were designed to, ahem, lend a hand. Watch as rough skin and haggard cuticles magically disappear after a vigorous soaking, trimming, exfoliation, and hot-cream massage—no colorful paint job in sight.

100 Stuart St., Boston, 617-261-8747, blissworld.com.

Cambridge Natural’s Cave Man gift box / Courtesy photo

Cambridge Naturals

When you’re using your sweetie’s essentials more than she does, you know it’s time to update your toiletry bag. Cambridge Naturals’ Man Cave gift box ($40) offers all-natural products specifically formulated for men—think Juniper Ridge’s “Cascade Forest” castile body wash, which smells like Mount Hood in late fall, and creamy Hurraw lip balm, made from cold-pressed oils and bolstered with SPF 15. Bonus points for the protein bar and vegan jerky strip—because what you put into your body is just as important as what you put on it.

23 White St., Cambridge, 617-492-4452; 92 Guest St., Boston, 617-208-8881; cambridgenaturals.com.

Moisturizer made just for men at Kiehl’s / Courtesy photo


As winter approaches, so too does the prospect of dry, tight skin. Never fear: Kiehl’s Newbury Street store offers an entire line of guy-friendly products, from cleansers and moisturizers to scrubs and serums. Peepers need a pick-me-up? The Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer ($20) contains caffeine and vitamin B3 to reduce puffiness and dark circles after too many late nights. Forehead too shiny? The Oil Eliminator moisturizer ($27) keeps skin nourished without turning you into a disco ball. And because not everyone looks like Clooney as they get older, the store even offers a line of anti-aging products.

112 Newbury St., Boston, 617-247-1777, kiehls.com.

Glam Squad

Require a fresh look for a black-tie gala or an important meeting, pronto? Just summon your squad—specifically, the Glam Squad, a mobile grooming service created by Harvard alum Jason Perri and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, cofounder of the Gilt Groupe flash-sale site. Book an appointment online, and a stylist will trim your facial hair, touch up your brows, or give you a spiffy new cut in the privacy and comfort of your own home.