Freemans Sporting Club Barbershop Ditches Rivington Street, Rebrands as ‘Tuft’

Posted on: October 31st, 2017 at 5:00 am by

The Freemans Sporting Club “Barbershop” is now erased from Rivington Street. You may have noticed the brown paper hanging in the windows of its four-year-old space. Thanks to a lease expiration, elements of the business are forging ahead with a different name and location altogether.

During this interim period, the Barbershop crew – armed with the purported new name Tuft (as in hair) – have taken a short-term lease at 219 Bowery. The chairs, mirrors, and supplies are already in place with an anticipated tenancy here of roughly three months. Thereafter, the business will shift northward to Stanton Street, assuming the build-out is complete. From what we understand, the store in question is the former International Pharmacy that was but a blip on the retail radar last year.

The twilight years of Barbershop were somewhat convoluted. You’ll recall that FSC Barber owners Sam Buffa and Taavo Somer split back in 2013. The former moved to Crosby Street with Fellow Barber, and the latter stayed behind on Rivington Street with a modified moniker.

This spot at 8 Rivington Street was once upon a time the home of The National, a cafe. It closed in 2012 after a three-year run.

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