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Experience Unisex Salon Offers It Up Late At Night

We all know that we’ve got a lot of hard working people here in Brooklyn — but these guys take the cake. A Crown Heights barber shop is staying open until all hours of the night, making sure that the neighborhood guys can look their best in the morning.

Experience Unisex Salon is actually open until 1:00 in the morning most days, and sometimes opens up as early as 5:00 am, drawing customers who are working the graveyard shift and other jobs with unconventional hours.

Savior in a Shop

The shop, located at 740 Franklin Avenue, is owned by Khalil Wright and two others. As Wright said,

“A shop like this is a savior.”

He continued, “A lot of people don’t get off work till nine or ten o’clock. We get all works of life – bartenders, correction officers, music industry people, teachers, lawyers, doctors. People come all the way from New Jersey just to get their haircut here.”

Night Owls Having Fun

The barbers cater to night owls and to those working the midnight shift, and they work until the last customer leaves. As barber Eric Ryan explained, “I work until the money stops.” One honest client, B-train motorman Aikido Sticatto, said that he’s a loyal customer and that he visits the shop for a cut from Ryan once a week. He usually comes in after 10 pm. As he said,

“The children are sleeping. I can get away from my wife.”

Experience also offers the after-hours bonding time. Men often stick around to enjoy the shop’s two flat screen TVs showing sports games or other male favorite flicks.

Wright explained that his job includes much more than just cutting hair. As he said, “A barber is like a bartender. You can talk to a bartender about anything. We hear a lot of secrets. If you have a barber, you will develop a personal attachment.”


James Allenby is the editor of Gowanus Lounge, bringing to his position a vast background on New York, and especially Brooklyn history, culture and lifestyle. Born and bred in the heart of "the County of Kings" James Allenby knows what it means to be a Brooklynite, and imparts this meaning at all times to his readers. Contact James at info(at)