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Liquor license approved for barbershop in downtown Rochester

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published November 6, 2019

ROCHESTER — An upscale barbershop/speakeasy bar will open next month in the former home of Froggy’s Toy Shop in downtown Rochester.

Daniella and Mike Djekovic — who own the men’s salon and barbershop, BAUS, in Birmingham — are expanding their business and opening a new concept called BAUS [BAR]BER at 114 E. Fourth St. in Rochester.

The Rochester City Council unanimously approved the couple’s request for a liquor license transfer during an Oct. 28 public hearing.

“I think it’s a really cool idea,” Councilwoman Kim Russell said.

“I love your concept. I think it’s great. Businesses that are innovative and bringing cool things to our city, we support,” Councilwoman Nancy Salvia added.

“We’ve been open in Birmingham for about four years, but we live in Rochester, and we have a huge clientele that drives out from Rochester, Shelby, Macomb and Orion townships,” said Daniella.

Similar to BAUS in Birmingham, the Rochester location will offer traditional barbershop services like haircuts, beard trims and shaves, along with more specialized salon treatments, including facials, scalp massages, keratin treatments, and ear, nose and brow waxes. However, BAUS [BAR]BER will also include a bar, giving it a “cool cocktail lounge setting,” according to Daniella.

“With this location, we thought it would be really cool to add a bar to it. It gives it a little bit of a different spin,” she said.

Daniella said the Rochester space will have “a city vibe.”

“We’re definitely mixing a little bit of modern and vintage,” she said. “I get very inspired by the Shinola Hotel, so it will have small pops of color, oriental rugs, tan leather couches, concrete walls, and we’re going to keep the cement floor.”

During the day, the establishment will offer coffee — and cocktails — to clients 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays.

After the four barber stations close for the day, the couple plans to dim the lights and pump up the music, transforming the space into a speakeasy of sorts with lounge-style seating. The bar, which will offer approximately 50 patrons craft cocktails and a small selection of beer and wine, will be open until midnight Mondays-Wednesdays and until 2 a.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. The establishment will be closed on Sundays, but the space will be available for special events.

Daniella said one of her initial goals is also to get women through the door so they know the bar isn’t just for men.

“We want girls to come in too, because it’s a cool, trendy place that plays cool music and has a cool aesthetic,” she said.

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