Kicker – Haircut auditions


NICK EICHER, HOST: The politician is no match for the smart business person and here’s another proof:

Covid lockdowns closed up barber shops but not other kinds of businesses, so a Canadian barber near the town of Niagara Falls decided to tweak her business model. 

Alicia Hirter simply added cameras, lighting equipment, and microphones at her Chrome Artistic Barbering shop. She then turned on the “open” sign in the window, reopening as a production studio.  

Customers may enter her shop to audition for a future podcast or documentary. The audition comes at the cost of $29, but includes a haircut. 

Because, you know, you always want your hair just-so for a podcast!

Here she is on the Chance of Fluri podcast…

HIRTER: So I’ve found a little bit of backlash, a lot of positivity. Right now, we’re booked with auditions until March. And I mean Kitchener, everybody’s driving down from all over.

So, welcome to the world of podcasting!

And planning a documentary about her experience called “A Little Bit off the Top.”

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(Photo/Global News) Alicia Hirter, owner of Chrome Artistic Barber, working at her salon in St.Catharines. Hirter’s storefront now includes cameras, microphones and production lighting for auditions.

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