New ‘Mojo’ For Men

Barber Emily Son gives a gentleman's haircut comb-over and beard trimming to Keith Short  LAWRENCE TABUDLO PHOTO

Barber Emily Son gives a gentleman’s haircut comb-over and beard trimming to Keith Short LAWRENCE TABUDLO PHOTO

Mojo Barbershop prides itself on offering a different kind of salon experience — complete with booze — for the modern man to get a quality haircut from barbers trained in the art of “classic” cuts. (Think Mad Men or James Dean.)

Its newest location, which celebrated its grand opening Dec. 29, sits under the protected McCully Chop Sui sign and pays homage to the area that is famous for its ability to marry old with new.

“It has so much historical significance,” says owner Marian Lee of the neon sign. “And this area is a very diverse, mixed neighborhood.”

“It really is an ideal location because it’s in the heart of Honolulu,” she adds. “Everyone drives down King Street, and this is kind of an iconic spot that fits with our old-school-vintage vibe.”

While its first location still sits in Chinatown, it now also joins the ranks of a list of growing local businesses that call the McCully area home, including About The Goods, Mono Hawaii, Lightsleepers and Truest.

For those familiar with the Chinatown location’s traditional, old-fashioned offerings and style, Lee says the Mc-Cully location will exude a different look and feel — a little more varsity and academia to correlate with the abundance of schools in the area — while sticking to its motto of “handsome not hamajang.”

The 1,300-square-foot location sports eight barber chairs and will offer a new head spa, consisting of a 15-minute shampoo and scalp massage treatment.

Lee currently is looking for skilled artisans that fit into the Mojo family and are devoted to the craft.

“We (strive to) find the right person who’s dedicated and talented,” she says.

Regular services include a traditional haircut, beard trims, straight-razor shaves, and a cut and shave — and, yes, beer still is offered, along with a selection of magazines and opportunities to catch sports on TV.

Reservations can be made Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and walk-ins also are welcome.

The Chinatown location is at 1157 Bethel St. and can be reached at 927-8017; the Mc-Cully location is at 2005 S. King St. and can be reached at 800-3960. For more information on the business, visit mojobarbershop.com.

BATTERY BILL’S

Battery Bill’s has served motor vehicle owners in a retail capacity since 2002, and now has grown into a trifecta of brick-and-mortar locations that continues to offer battery installation services and a wide range of products — including a line specifically designed for Hawaii’s weather.

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The family business welcomed its Dillingham location to the existing clan, found on Mapunapuna and Nimitz Highway, and celebrated its grand opening Jan. 2.

For owner “Battery” Bill Ogawa, the new 4,000-square-foot locale was a dream come true in terms of layout.

“We’re going to have new products,” he says. “The store displays the existing products we have. People walk in here, and they’re amazed at the variety we offer.”

While Battery Bill’s only has been in existence for a little more than a decade, Ogawa has been in the industry since the 1980s. But he and his staff “live and breathe” batteries. In fact, he estimates his retail store has serviced more than 1 million cars since its opening, earning it the title of “Hawaii’s battery expert.”

“We’re trying to make ourselves the premier battery store in Hawaii,” he adds.

For more information, visit batterybill.com

Mapunapuna

960 Ahua St.
7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday
833-3797

Nimitz

550 N. Nimitz Hwy.
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday
536-4017

Dillingham

985 Dillingham Ave.
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday
845-8696