Monks & Co
Business snapshot: A boutique barber bringing old and new worlds together.
In a state that is known for its quality and heritage, Monks & Co barber shop is a reflection of the rising demand for hand crafted, old fashioned services and is an example of the business and creative minded finding their niche in Tasmania.
Brady and Amy, the owners and operators of Monks & Co. barber shop, are just two of the fresh faces popping up in Tasmania. Well, fresh-ish. Brady was born in Tasmania and completed his hairdressing and barber apprenticeships in the state, before taking his craft to Melbourne and Brisbane. His partner Amy who is a solicitor, is a more recent Tasmania convert, originally from Jindabyne in New South Wales.
The pair were in Tasmania for a friend’s wedding, when the trip sparked an unexpected rethink about their future. Brady noticed an emerging vibe in Hobart and a feeling that the city was on the verge of something exciting. And the duo saw an opportunity.
So began the story of Monks & Co. The couple found and fitted out a shop in Elizabeth Street, on the northern edge of Hobart’s CBD, and set to work creating a unique space. Walking into the shop is like stepping into a different era. The room breathes quality and craftsmanship, and is an escape from the hustle and bustle outside. The shop embraces old world ideals in a slick space and makes a trip to the barber simply something else.
And the shop is busy, with clients already needing to book a week ahead to secure the Monks’ expertise. Although it’s not just the shop keeping Brady and Amy busy. The opening of the store coincided with the birth of the duo’s first child.
While the chance to be part of an emerging scene and to harness a business opportunity was one of the drivers for Brady and Amy’s decision to relocate to the state, the move also offered a lifestyle change for the young family.
The couple has embraced a daily routine where things are just easier. Brady can now walk to work, and living nearby has enabled Amy to successfully juggle motherhood and be an integral part of the Monks & Co business.