There's nothing quite like a nice fresh shave, although coach Nick Nolte will storm into your dorm room in the middle of a badass party, hit the wall a bunch, and make you confess that you did it. Proving they're way more than just a project: The Art of Shaving.
Started in New York when the sensitive-skinned-founder's wife oiled up his face one morning with a special blend of herbs and spices, Art's grooming franchise just hit PDX with a slick showroom of hair-taming products from blades to balm, and a single-chaired barber spa that, aside from new-ish tonsorial art prints, looks like where F. Scott Fitzgerald would get straight-razored if he wasn't ginned up and sleeping in someone's rumble seat. The showroom's sharp things range from special Art-branded Gillette Fusions, to old-school safety blades, to older-school straights, plus a variety of brushes (e.g., a nickel-plated badger hair jam) to be paired with foamy soaps like lavender essential oil, and grooming artillery like a "rejuvenating" post-shave mask, which you'll have to wear if you've cut yourself really bad. If you're tired of screwing up your chinstrap beard, the barber spa offers a heavily tatted and well-mannered dude who'll prep you with pre-shave oil and a warm shaving cream lather, straight-razor you twice (with and against the grain), and finish with a hot towel, hydrating toner, and aftershave balm with shea butter, which'll make any lady wanna get her Mets on you.
While your face is the place for most of Art's goodness, they'll also happily attack that mess on top of your dome, including head shaves, scalp treatments, or a haircut, although hopefully not Ricky Roe's.