Market Common Welcomes New Barbershop
By Ashley Daniels
It’s not just about looking good, it’s about feeling good. And that’s exactly what owner Tommy Printz is delivering to each client who sits down in one of the chairs in front of him at the new Trust Thy Barber here in The Market Common.
The barbershop first opened November 1, restoring the long-lost artistry of old school barbering, with hot towel shaves, beard trims and perfectly blended haircuts, plus adding in a modern edge.
The idea came from Tommy’s family ties in the barber shop industry, with is dad serving as the barber of his small hometown outside of Akron, Ohio, when growing up. But, at the time, Tommy didn’t want to follow in his Dad’s footsteps. After graduating from high school, he instead joined the army as a media and, after fulfilling his duty to his country, he used his G.I. Bill to pay for barber school.
Tommy remembers many vacations to Myrtle Beach as a kid, and on one visit later in life with his wife and two children, he felt a tug to make Myrtle Beach home. He was determined to make a permanent move if he could find a job to support himself and his family. He found a new Help Wanted ad for Woody’s Barbershop, and in 2005, he and his family started their new life here in Myrtle Beach.
Over the years, Tommy also enrolled in digital art classes at Horry Georgetown Technical College with his remaining G.I. Bill funds, worked at a large format sign printer, and then returned to his barber roots at 18/8, a high-end men’s salon.
Eventually, he decided to open his own shop, and Trust Thy Barber was first born as a mini 8-foot by 10-foot business within a collective workspace building called Sola Salon on 42nd Avenue North. But Tommy was thinking bigger and better, which was what brought him here to the Market Common.
“Every day, I’d drive by here and when it became vacant, I knew this was my space,” he says.
Business at Trust Thy Barber has been booming, spawned from his philosophy to treat each client like a “rock star.”
The classic barbershop offers all services of your grandfather’s — haircuts, buzz cuts, beard trims, straight razor shaves, shampoo and hot towel, even nose and ear hair trim – but with added trendy, pampered upgrades, like beer and water from the cooler, snacks and TV. The kids (and kids at heart) will also love to pass time on their classic video arcade game standing in the corner.
Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are appreciated. Right now, the barber staff is at two, including Tommy and Pat, but he plans to add more experienced barbers in the new year. Eventually his son, currently studying the trade at vocational school in Conway, will join their ranks. Tommy says he’s saving a chair on the end just for him.