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Edgy, unisex Bishops barbershop chain lands here with a bang — and free beer

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" Bishops is now open in Pacific Beach, and two more sites are planned. Customers age 21 or older can enjoy a free beer from a local craft brewery while they wait. ( COURTESY PHOTO)

Bishops, the notorious unisex barbershop from Portland, Ore., has opened its first location in San Diego, at 1080 Garnet Ave. in Pacific Beach.

Bishops fosters a culture where people can be “different together.” Offering cuts and color, the new shop aims to empower local residents to act boldly and feel more confident in their individuality. From pricing to an unpretentious staff, the shop is all about accessibility to self-care.

With a counter-cultural heritage and a contemporary aesthetic, Bishops is serious about hair and irreverent about most other things.

“Our goal is to give San Diego a unique and inviting experience from the second they step through our doors,” owner Jeremy Cisneros said.

Customers can expect a laid-back atmosphere, early MTV-style curated music videos playing on TV, and a free beer from a local craft brewery while they wait (for those 21 or older). The new shop will showcase a 12-piece art exhibit featuring a slew of rising artists.

Ten retro-style barbering chairs are ready for services from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

“Whoever you want to be, judgment-free — we’ve always been about it — now we’re bringing it to San Diego,” said Leo Rivera, president and founder of Bishops.

Community impact is a key part of Bishops, and the company plans on being as involved with the San Diego community as it always has been in its hometown of Portland. In addition to the opening of the first shop, two more locations are set to open in the near future, creating jobs and a plethora of opportunities for brand ambassadorship programs in the area.

The infamous parties that Bishops throws are a bedrock of the brand, and San Diego can expect to be subject to “the insanity” soon, according to a statement.

Originally opened in Portland, Ore., in 2001, Bishops offers an a la carte menu of services on a walk-in basis for affordable prices. With shops in three states, Bishops is emerging as a national presence in hair care. Bishops has always been about giving back and, over the past couple of years, it has donated more than $50,000 in cash or services to schools or nonprofits such as Cascade AIDS Project, Brandley Angle, NARAL, American Diabetes Association and more.

Bishops will provide clients the opportunity to discover notable up-and-coming artists through its gallery initiative. The debut exhibit will feature 12 artists, from across the country. Keeping in line with Bishops’ commitment to giving exposure to artists and sharing that love with the clientele, pieces will rotate through different Bishops’ shops and offer fans a chance to purchase prints of the art while currently displayed.

Bishops has partnered with a renowned collection of hair-care companies to offer top of the line services and products to clients and stylists alike. It carries the globally recognized Schwarzkopf Professional product and color lines. It also carries Pulp Riot, an innovative new color line that’s gaining traction nationally. To aid in styling shorter hair, Bishops carries both Joe Grooming, a natural, organic line, and Suavecito, a well-crafted rockabilly line out of Southern California.

For more information, visit bishops.co."

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