Mother-daughter team elevates shaving from act to art
Two years ago, Stormy Griffith and her mother, Lynne Haufe, joined forces to give Hot Springs something it was lacking: a men’s shaving supply store.
Dapper & Debonaire opened downtown in early 2016 on the lower level of Spencer’s Corner at 801 Central Ave.
Griffith said the idea to open the store occurred when her husband started growing a beard and couldn’t find the right grooming products.
“We looked everywhere for products and everything we kept finding was either not the right scent, or not the right formula, or whatever, and you pay a lot for these products online,” she said. “We kind of threw around the idea. We said, ‘Why isn’t there a store like this in town where a guy could just go and pick up a product?’ So then I brought the idea to my mother, and she said, ‘Well, if you don’t do it, I’m going to,’ because she had been wanting to open up her own shop downtown.”
The three of them bounced ideas off of each other, discussing everything from store names to products.
“We went downtown and kind of just looked around to see what there was downtown, and there was like one store for men, and that’s the cigar shop. There’s literally 15 women’s boutiques downtown, which is awesome, but my husband hated shopping downtown because there’s nothing for him to do, and he’s not into cigars. Then we got the brick and mortar store,” Griffith said.
As far as they know, Dapper & Debonaire is the only store of its kind in Hot Springs dedicated solely to men’s shaving and grooming products.
Upon entering the store, shoppers are swept into a rustic atmosphere with tables and shelves full of apparel and product brands ranging from high-end and popular to vintage and unusual.
The store offers everything from beard oils, body wash, mustache waxes, aftershaves, hair pomades and razors of every kind. They even sell shaving brushes, T-shirts, handmade bowls and handmade wooden watches.
Brands seen inside Dapper & Debonaire include Grave Before Shave, the Arkansas-based Stirling Soap Co., Suavecito, Long Rifle Soap Co., Firehouse Moustache Wax, Burt’s Bees, Dr. Jon’s and Dapper Dan.
“As far as straight razors go, we like to get in razors that are from 1880 and early 1900s and then we get them sent off, we get them restored, and then we resell them. The purpose of that is, one, they have a history — some of these companies aren’t even around anymore, so they’re rare. Also, newer straight razors, they’re just not built the way that they were back then,” Griffith said.
The store also carries safety razors and traditional “grandpa-style” razors.
Griffith said the best idea they ever came up with at the store was to launch their Man Card program. Upon presentation of the card, the customer automatically receives 10 percent off their entire order. Then, once they collect six shaving soaps, shaving creams or aftershave balms, they receive the seventh for free.
“It upped our loyalty game a lot,” Griffith said. “And, it’s cool just to say, ‘Hey, I’ve got my man card.’ They love it.”
Dapper & Debonaire also participates in the Local Arkansas membership card program, which gives cardholders discounts and incentives at locally owned, locally operated businesses in Hot Springs and surrounding areas. Every Tuesday through Thursday, Local Card members receive 20 percent off of their entire purchase at the store.
The store also prides itself on recycling, and encourages its customers to bring back their containers and bottles.
On Earth Day, April 22, customers who bring in an empty bottle will receive 20 percent off their order.
From now until summertime, the store’s hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; noon to 7 p.m. Friday through Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
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