Tom Cats Barber Shop Closes Abruptly as Employees Plan to Reopen New Shop
After more than 13 years in the neighborhood, Tomcats Barber Shop (135 India St.) closed last week with just a two days notice via text message for the employees from the owner.
The barbershop had roughly a year left on the lease at 135 India St. and was closed on October 13th by the owner, who employees say lives out of state.
Many concerned customers reached out to Greenpointers stating how the barbershop had a tight-knit community feel that can be a rare find in NYC and that they were concerned with the abrupt closure.
Luckily, plans are in the works for the entire Tomcats crew to reopen together, and locally:
“We are certainly sticking together and opening a shop together,” said Manny Zee, a former Tomcats employee of nine years.
The Tomcats crew has enjoyed working together for the past eight years forming a family bond, according to Zee, and in the interim are servicing their clients at shops around the neighborhood until a new lease is signed.
For any clients seeking their former Tomcats barber, Zee recommends reaching out to email@example.com.
“We are all scattered and no one is in any particular spot for long. We are doing what we can to preserve and move forward with our plan,” Zee said adding that he has looked at a few potential spaces in Greenpoint with a plan to open in December.
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