You could say Billy Cregger is on the cutting edge. Last summer, the California native–turned–Park City local opened Billy’s Barber Shop, a throwback to the traditional barbershops of eras past.
A single, vintage red leather barber’s chair—circa 1919—sits like a throne in the small but well-appointed space. Six days a week, Cregger hovers over the chair serving up haircuts ($25–$30), hot shaves ($30), and beard trims ($15). He finishes each haircut with a hot towel on the neck, a warm-lather straight shave around the ears and back of the neck, and a head-and-neck massage. “I want clients to leave the chair feeling better than when they arrived,” he says.
Snipping locks runs in Cregger’s blood—his great-grandfather was a barber, and his mom is a hairstylist. Prior to opening his namesake shop, Cregger attended barber school and apprenticed with a 70-year barbering vet. “Barbering is one of man’s oldest trades. In the early 1900s, men would visit barbershops to relax and converse with other gentlemen.”
Today, Billy’s is the only barbershop in town, but that wasn’t always the case. “There were multiple barbershops on Main Street in the early to mid-1900s,” says Cregger. He has the photos to prove it—historic snapshots adorn his shop, alongside classic barbering tools, antlers, and shelves stocked with all-natural, American-made Imperial Barber and Portland General Store products. “Barbering has been a lost art for some time, but it’s slowly coming back,” Cregger says. “I’m happy to help revive it.”