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More than Just a Great Haircut at The Mug & Brush Barber Shop

Thank you so much to The Mug & Brush Barber Shop for sponsoring this post! All opinions stated here are my own!

Have you ever had a haircut turn into a outing for the whole family? Last week we spent a fun morning getting haircuts, talking about life in Columbus and taking in an art show at The Mug & Brush Barber Shop Creekside!

The first location of The Mug & Brush Barber Shop was founded in the Old North Columbus in 1968. The second location, at Creekside Gahanna opened just over two months ago. The shops pride themselves on these 3 principles: Simplicity, Authenticity & Quality, and I can’t think of a better way to describe our experience with Mug & Brush!

Here’s what makes The Mug & Brush Barber Shop at Creekside so special:

The Space.

The first thing you are going to notice about Mug & Brush is how beautiful it is. (Am I allowed to call a barber shop beautiful?) It’s bright. It’s open. It’s clean and crisp. The Mug & Brush offers a laid-back atmosphere that welcomes hanging out. There’s a fire in the fire place, art on the walls, guitars on display and lots of fun, kitschy items to explore!

The owners, Jim and Amanda, have created a welcoming atmosphere that makes you want to pull up a chair, have a cup of coffee and stay awhile. The space is open and modern but not pretentious. It’s full of careful and well-thought-out touches, but your kid can still drive his Matchbox car across the floor without being judged. 😉

The Cut.

Each barber at the Creekside location has their own room, giving each customer their own private experience and conversation. Both my husband and my 3 year old received haircuts, and we decided that Daddy should go first, in order to set an example for Mayson who has mostly had his hair cut by me. 😉

For the record, my husband said, “this is the best haircut I have ever had.” And after we left the barber shop, out of earshot of Jim and Amanda, he said, “I was serious, that was the best haircut I’ve ever had, I wasn’t just saying that!” So I guess  he means it! 😉

While my husband got his hair cut, Amanda brought out a box of toys for Mayson and we helped him warm up to the idea of a haircut!

When it came to Mayson’s turn, they gave him the option of sitting on a booster seat or on my husband’s lap. He chose the lap!

As you can see, Mayson took a bit of warming up to the idea of clippers and scissors so close to his head, but Jim worked so patiently with him and made us feel like it was completely normal for a kid to scowl at him during a hair cut. 😉

After the haircut, Mayson got to pick a sucker and all was right with the world.

The Art.

The current art show on display at Mug & Brush Creekside is so captivating, it deserves its own section in this post! Local dad, Jeff Stelle begun drawing on his son’s snack bag every morning while he and his wife were going through a divorce. Each snack bag was simply meant to bring a smile to his son’s face, a kindergartener at the time. Somewhere in the process, Jeff found out that his son was keeping the bags instead of throwing them out after snack time, and Jeff realized these bags were making a difference for his son during a difficult time. The collection has been made into a book and is currently on display at The Mug & Brush Barbershop Creekside through the end of December 2017. (It’s seriously worth stopping in to see, even if you don’t have an appointment!)

The Community.

Just a hop skip and and jump from Creekside, Mug & Brush is committed to becoming an intregal part of the neighborhood. By offering a space for art shows, jam sessions, spa services, potential retail and, oh yeah, hair cuts, the space is positioned to become a gathering place for the community.

We extended our morning with Mug & Brush by participating in the Gahanna Rocks project. We’d heard of the kindness rocks projects going on around the city and around the country, but this was our first time participating! Amanda had graciously painted our rocks ahead of time (yay!) and we were able to take the rocks and hide them throughout Creekside Gahanna.

The idea behind the project is to paint a rock and hide it for someone else to find, enjoy and then re-hide to start the process all over again!  (Use the hashtag #gahannarocks to participate in Gahanna!)

Though we had to keep Mayson from dropping all of the rocks in one location, (haha!) we had a fun time hiding them and exploring Creekside. It had been a couple of years since we had walked around the area!

If anyone happens to find the rock pictured above, they can bring it to The Mug & Brush Barber Shop to receive a “super fun FREE gift!”

If you’re looking for a special spot for a father/son haircut, The Mug & Brush Barber Shop offers a great, affordable cut and the total experience to go with it!

The Mug & Brush Barber Shop Creekside

Address: 153 N. High St., Gahanna, OH 43230
Phone: 614-414-6544
Monday & Tuesday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday & Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Walk-Ins are accepted but I do recommend making an appointment!


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Tuesday 2nd of January 2018

Do you know the name of Jeff's book? Such a great story!


Wednesday 3rd of January 2018

It's called Audience of 1! It's such a sweet story and the artwork is amazing!


Thursday 16th of November 2017

This place looks and sounds awesome!