In creating Gentlemen's Republic Barbersalon, owner Laura Mercedez recognized the need for a Gentlemens sanctuary. As depicted in the name of her business it's a combination of a barbershop and a hair salon with a spa touch, just for men.
The start of the concept of Gentlemen's Republic came after Ms. Laura witnessed a man take 'The Walk of Shame' past a row of chatty women having their nails polished, and hair colored with aluminum foils in the women's salon she frequented. She had an epiphany and realized that men who want to look handsome and dapper must endure the shame of sitting alongside women to achieve it. As depicted in the name of her business it's a combination of a Barbershop, Hair Salon & Spa Services where gentlemen can distinguish themselves from the "Regular Joe."
Ms. Laura then took on the challenge of remodeling the first location, located at 1709 Montana, where it got its initial start. It was certainly a first for men and Ms. Laura, since men were not accustomed to the indulgence of self-care and this was not her field of expertise. Afterall, she had owned and operated her own General Contracting Firm for the last 17 years. After outgrowing the Montana location and the rise in the growing trend of men's grooming, she took on the monumental challenge of moving GRB to The Old Hair Odyssey Building, once owned and operated by the Famed Hair Artisan Ramon "Sonny" Corral 9/25/39 - 3/4/2008.
Since construction/remodeling ran in Ms. Laura's blood, she once again accepted the challenge of remodeling The Old Hair Odyssey Building. Back in its heyday, Hair Odyssey was where the 'Who's Who' got their body polished from head to toe. So, she had a large pair of shoes to fill. Ms. Laura took on the monumental task of remodeling the aged 80's look of the interior to bring it back to its original 1913 look. Now with original hardwood floors, vintage glassware, hand-picked brass-button trimmed leather chairs and a private turn-of-the-century barber collection it is now a place with rich and comfortable interiors. These small private rooms are ideal for a gentleman to indulge and sip a good ole whisky, review his thoughts, relax and let the hot towels melt away the worries of the day. These are just a few indulgences offered by and a true first in El Paso and the nation.
As El Paso's Finest In Men's Concierge Grooming, we are the destination that sets us apart from the rest. We are centrally located in the heart of El Paso and inside a unique TROST-Styled Home, with awe inspiring architecture, acting as an oasis for everyone who visits.
We are The Ultimate Experience - where gentlemen can melt away in our relaxed atmosphere, relax on our patios, celebrate a momentous occasion in our private back house or shop for men's grooming and bath products. With all there is to experience, an hour can quickly become three.