Our Story

The Men’s Barber Room is the first socially conscious barber concept designed specifically to improve the communities in which it serves. We do this by giving back to our communities through our monthly Wallace Ivory Jr. (WIJ) Community Awards, offering top salaries and benefits to our staff beginning day one, and offering our customers the best haircuts and overall barber experience in the industry.

The concept was created and founded by CEO, Bobby Baker. Mr. Baker is also an Air Force Gulf War veteran, businessman, former licensed Investment Advisor and also a licensed barber.  Mr. Baker created the concept in direct response to an industry which lacked healthcare, holiday pay, vacation, retirement benefits, diversity, consistent highly skilled staff and top salary potential for their professionals. So, in 2007, Mr. Baker resigned from a successful Investment Advisor career and open the first location in Lee’s Summit, a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri. Armed with a sports undertone to help create a comfortable environment for men, our highly skilled and diverse staff quickly grew the concept in popularity, being voted the “Best Barbershop in Kansas City”.  Over the next few years 2 additional locations were opened in downtown Kansas City and in the suburb of Grandview, Missouri. After perfecting the concept, Mr. Baker added fellow Air Force Gulf War veterans and businessmen, Charles Ward (President) and John Thompson (COO) to the executive team as they placed their focus on franchising the concept.  Once complete, there will be 3 locations in the Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas area.  We also have requests for locations in New York City, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, Atlanta, Tampa, Orlando, Charlotte, New Orleans, Memphis, Birmingham, Charleston, Las Vegas, Detroit, Louisville, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Jackson, and Tupelo, MS.

In addition to our highly skilled staff, we provide shoe shine/repair, a sports bar with flat screen TV’s to view your favorite sports team, complimentary beer, sodas, freshly ground coffee, snacks along with free games of darts or pool on a world renowned Olhausen Table. Each adult haircut is followed by a complimentary hot-towel facial cleansing and neck/shoulder massage. And to further show our appreciation for our customers, we offer the 12th haircut FREE. Our weekly customers receive 4 FREE haircuts a year and bi-weekly customers receive 2 FREE haircuts a year. While other establishments often indicate how much they appreciate your business but never show it, we at the Men’s Barber Room actually shows it through our actions. As you can see, MBR was intentionally designed to create a truly beneficial relationship for the community, staff and the customers. We take pride in offering our staff top pay and benefits, treating each customer as a VIP and making monthly donations back into our communities. We will continue to do so and help to change our communities, one neighborhood at a time. Come In For a Real Barber Experience!