First Look: The Barber of Hell’s Bottom

by UrbanTurf Staff

Inside The Barber of Hell’s Bottom

On Monday night, UrbanTurf got a sneak peek at the newest and perhaps most anticipated barber shop to open in DC in recent memory.

The Barber of Hell’s Bottom, which opens its doors at 818 Rhode Island Avenue NW (map) for the first time at 10am on Tuesday, comes to Rhode Island Avenue courtesy of Kelly Gorsuch, the founder of Immortal Beloved on Church Street. The shop’s head barber (and friend of UrbanTurf) is Mike Charland.


The 9-chair barber shop will offer haircuts and straight razor shaves. It took its name from what the area around the shop used to be called back in the 19th century, when it had a much more notorious reputation.

All the woodwork in the shop was done by Caleb Woodard and the handmade razor handles for sale at the front desk come from Imperium Woodcraft.

The Barber of Hell’s Bottom is taking appointments now, and will be open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 7pm and Saturday 9am to 6pm. More photos below.


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  1. Brooke said at 1:08 pm on Tuesday April 2, 2013:

    What/Where was this tile sourced?
    Who did the finishes?

  1. Erica said at 2:55 pm on Tuesday April 2, 2013:

    Why is it that the Men’s spots - barbers, custom tailors, etc.. - opening in DC of late, are way more interesting than anything offered to women!

  1. Jon Duke said at 3:32 pm on Tuesday April 2, 2013:

    Erica, you must be going to the wrong salons.  Check out Immortal Beloved, its by the same guy that opened this place, and it is for women.

  1. Barbagrande said at 3:43 pm on Tuesday April 2, 2013:

    This looks like a cool place… straight-edge shaving is a lost art. What are the staff’s credentials (are they all experienced stylists or hipsters in their 20s), and what are the prices?

  1. Caleb said at 4:14 pm on Tuesday April 2, 2013:

    Really excited about this place.

    I need that tile for my bathroom! Where is it from?

  1. Shannon said at 4:54 pm on Tuesday April 2, 2013:

    They are all amazing master barbers… They are practicing a true art! Those floors… to die for.

  1. Mark Wellborn said at 5:03 pm on Tuesday April 2, 2013:


    We are looking into where the tile is sourced and who did the finishes.

    Mark Wellborn

  1. dan said at 9:03 pm on Tuesday April 2, 2013:

    The razor handles in the picture are Imperium woodcraft.

  1. Tammer said at 10:29 pm on Tuesday April 2, 2013:

    Had my haircut with Mike this morning at the BoHB. Great cut, as always (been getting my hair cut with Mike at Immortal Beloved for over a year now)! Mike, who comes from a long line of barbers, is an amazing stylist/barber with real vision and can make magic happen with clippers, scissors or a straight razor. Getting a haircut/shave with Mike will make your head a piece of art.

  1. Mary said at 10:44 am on Wednesday April 3, 2013:

    Google “encaustic tile” or “cement tile” and you’ll come up with a couple online sources for that tile and similar patterns.

    It’s a cool look and a great looking barbershop.

  1. kob said at 10:57 am on Wednesday April 3, 2013:

    Clean aesthetic and simple elegance aside, all that matters is the quality of the haircut.

  1. Michelle said at 1:03 pm on Wednesday April 3, 2013:

    Brooke and Mark,
    Veilleux Construction did the build out. Ask for Jason Veilleux The website is  It has contact info on there.  They also are the company that just finished the new night club in Dupont called “Heist” and they are also the same company who built “Little Serow”.  Jason does awesome work.

  1. Elon Weinstein said at 12:33 pm on Thursday April 4, 2013:

    ...and a barber pole bracket and hand-formed stainless counter by The Custom District. (

  1. Villa Lagoon Tile said at 12:54 am on Friday April 5, 2013:

    The tile is from Villa Lagoon Tile. It is a pattern called Roseton in custom colors. We think Kelly’s chic look is fabulous and we were happy to have supplied the tile. Now go get a haircut and a shave !

  1. david said at 10:44 am on Thursday April 11, 2013:

    I live about 10 blocks up Rhode Isand Ave and drive past this shop going and coming from work in VA.  So glad they opened shop there.  I was noticing the building being renovated back during the earthquake, 2011.

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