Quintana’s taste in booze would never be the same.
Before it became The Speakeasy, the space above the barbershop was home to Dawn’s spa. The upstairs-downstairs dynamic worked well for a time, but business was “bursting at the seams,” so they decided to expand. A customer gave a tip on a building going up for sale right next door to the shop, in 2015, which became the new home for Dawn’s spa. It was a great move, but now the barbershop had an empty floor above it -- what to do with that unused space?
Dawn already had an idea: Years earlier on a trip to New York, she visited a number of speakeasy-style bars, and the one that stood out the most was The Blind Barber, a cocktail bar/barbershop combo.
“So Dawn suggested we build a bar,” says Quintana. He shrugs. “Who am I to say no to my wife?”
The Speakeasy, of course, became a citywide sensation in short order, and Quintana's thrilled by its undeniable success. “It’s allowed us to become part of a community,” he says. “Porco, Society... being mentioned in the same paragraph as them is humbling.”