Frank Collinson is putting the bar into barbers by bringing gents’ hairdressing to a Lancashire pub.
The Fox and Lion in Leyland is proving to be a cut above the rest, offering punters a trim alongside their pint.
The idea snowballed after the 49-year-old began searching for a new premises and he was offered a room in the pub – as a joke.
“He is well-liked in Leyland and he is one of the locals”, explained landlady Alison Sharples.
“It started as a joke. I said to him one night: ‘You could always come and use that front room’, and it’s stemmed from there.”
Fast Frank the City Gent has now been up and running for a week and is already pulling in crowds.
Frank, who lives in Leyland, said: “My lease came up on the shop – The City Gent – in Deepdale Road in August.
“My family had been there for 50 years but it just wasn’t viable.”
Alison made the suggestion to Frank about setting up a business in the pub and he said: “There’s certainly not one around here.
“And it’s my local, so it’s home from home. She hinted at it and forgot about it and I just grabbed hold of it.
“Eventually I had to do it because I wasn’t making any money.
“We sorted it out with the area manager and it is up and running.”
Frank has taken over a small pool room in the pub, which he is transforming into a salon.
He said: “It seemed to fall into place, so that’s how it came about.”
Frank said the new business was going well, so far.
He said: “I love my job, but as a one-man band it doesn’t pay. But it should work.
“We are a family full of gentlemen’s hairdressers.”