Pete Phipps wanted to create a comfortable place where getting a haircut is fun and relaxing.
So he opened Arrow, a barbershop where the beer, snacks and mohawks are free.
“We want people to enjoy the experience and atmosphere, instead of it being something they dread, which I think most people do,” Phipps said.
Along with a brew, customers can get everything from haircuts to hot shaves to shampoos.
Arrow offers men’s, women’s and children’s cuts, and prices range from about $15 for a buzz cut to about $36 for a long cut. Shampoos are $3, and shaves with a hot towel and straight razor are $25.
Phipps offers discounts to students and those who serve in the military, police and fire departments.
Arrow also has retail space and sells products from other area businesses such as Lumina clothing, White Whale cocktail mixers and Zass Design’s upcycled jewelry.
Phipps said he came up with the idea for Arrow after leaving the Army and having a hard time finding a comfortable and fun spot to get a haircut.
He didn’t think generic chains were exciting. He didn’t fit in at high-end salons, and he felt like most barbershops were outdated.
“I had (haircut) choices for the first time,” Phipps said. “I became frustrated with the haircut scene in Raleigh.”
Arrow is at 419 Woodburn Road, near the Fresh Market at Raleigh’s Cameron Village.
Glenwood South’s Hibernian Irish Pub, a restaurant and bar that burned down in December 2012, is expected to reopen in mid-January.
The new 7,500-square-foot space will be two stories and double the size of the original restaurant that opened in 2000.
“It’s described as an Irish city pub,” said Niall Hanley, Hibernian’s owner.
The new second floor boasts views of Glenwood South, a balcony that overlooks Glenwood Avenue and a rooftop patio bar along North Street.
“The views are gorgeous,” said Hanley, who also owns Hibernians in North Raleigh and Cary. “It’s a great vantage point. It’s very, very cool.”
The building will have two staircases and an elevator and seat more than 200.
Hibernian is at 311 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh.
The gyms will offer amenities such as cardio equipment, weights, group fitness classes, one-on-one training, smoothie bars and tanning services.
The places also will have mini-theaters, where members can do exercise while watching a movie. The theaters will have treadmills, elliptical machines and stair-step machines, and movies will range from newer features such as the “Batman” films to ’80s flicks such as “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
“We want our members to enjoy their workout experience,” said Sonya Singh, owner of the three soon-to-be Triangle franchises. “We want to create a comfortable environment and energetic way for people to meet their fitness goals.”
The gyms also will have a variety of classes that include spin, boot camps, yoga and classes that target specific body parts such as abs.
Members will need to sign contracts, which will start at $19.99. Singh said she’s still finalizing contract lengths and prices.
The first Retro will open Jan. 1 and take the place of the 12,000-square-foot Rapid Fitness at 800 N. Person St., near downtown Raleigh. It will be North Carolina’s first.
Members of that Rapid Fitness can keep their current contracts until they expire or switch to a Retro membership.
The second Retro Fitness will open in the spring at 3400 Westgate Drive in Durham, near Toys R Us. The facility is under construction and will be about 20,000 square feet.
Singh is still figuring out the location of the third but expects it to open in 2014, she said.
Retro Fitness, founded in 2005, is based in Colts Neck, N.J.
There are two new retail spots at the Shops at Erwin Mill. Soup, sandwich and pastry shop Panera Bread Co., which opened Dec. 17, is having a grand opening Saturday. The first 150 customers will receive a free travel mug and free refills for a week. Massage Envy, a spa that offers massage therapy and facials, opens today. Shops at Erwin Mill is at the corner of Ninth Street and Hillsborough Road in Durham.
The 3,400-square-foot eatery will offer 114 dishes that include omelets, French toast, pancakes, burgers, sandwiches and salads.
This will be the restaurant’s second Triangle location.