Skill born of experience


Years ago in Italy, before barber schools existed, young boys who wanted to become a barber apprenticed under a "master barber". Their start was with broom in hand.


At the age of ten, I started my apprenticeship by mopping and waxing the floors of my mother's beauty shop.


My family has been in the business of hair for a combined total of more than 150 years. After completing Barber College in 1969, I began honing my skills at The Gentleman’s Quarters Barber Salon, in the Neil House Hotel, downtown Columbus, Ohio, just steps from the state Capital.


Man Getting a Haircut


The Penthouse Hair Design days

In those days we stropped our razors and gave your fathers and grandfathers straight razor shaves. In 1973, my brothers and I teamed up and acquired a 4-chair barbershop called Penthouse Hair Design, also in Columbus, Ohio. At that time we were at the vanguard of a new era in men’s hair cutting.

It was in the early 1970's that we had the opportunity to study and master the art of sculpting hair with a straight razor. We studied with some of the best hair designers from Europe and America to develop our techniques. It is these techniques that have become the trademark of Master Shavers.

We used our skills with the razor to compete in state and national competitions. With our unique education as our strength, we trained four state hairstyling teams to national championships. We grew to support 17 hair designers over a period of 24 years together


Focusing on our passion

After 24 years of operating the larger salons, I decided to follow a long time dream and open my own salon. In 1996, an architect helped me design Studio 997. The goal was to establish a hair studio with an environment that would serve as an oasis of solitude for our customers. The atmosphere, the fireplace, the lighting, the music... it all came together beautifully! We are very proud of Studio 997 and our customers appreciate the royal treatment!

Upon opening the salon, I went back to my barbering roots to bring to Columbus the exceptional experience of the spa shave. Combining old world quality with new world luxury: the quality of an old world straight razor shave with the luxury of an aromatherapy or clay pack facial. Men deserve the best in everything they do. If you are looking for the finest in men’s grooming, we are confident you will find it here with Master Shavers of Studio 997.


The Culmination

Originally established around the concept of being a small-town salon, Master Shavers of Studio 997 has quickly become the top spot for amazing hair in the Columbus area. I’ve always had a passion for hair, and I finally fulfilled it in 1996 when I opened my own studio. Whether you’re looking for a simple cut or something modern and dramatic, I’m committed to giving your hair the attention it deserves. Call today and see what Master Shavers of Studio 997 can do for you!