GET HIM GROOMED
Does your dad need a little help in the grooming department? If so, get him to a barbershop. Drop by JD’s Barbershop a classic cut paired with a glass of Scotch, or pop into FortKnight Barbers for a hot towel shave and shoe shine.
Enter the man cave at Barber & Co. for topnotch grooming, or head underground to see Joe at Gastown Grooming Room for traditional Irish barbering. If he’s got a funny bone, see Bryan at Bryan of London for a chuckle and quick trim.
THE SIMPLE PLEASURES
Does he tend to work overtime? Give him something to help let out some steam. Cigar Connoisseur’s is stocked with an expansive collection of Cuban cigars for both newbies and collectors. For stylish smokes, you can find Nicaraguan, Dominican or Dutch cigarillos at Gassy Jack Cigars.
Or, sneak in some quality time and take him out for a glass of whisky at Shebeen. Tucked across a private courtyard in The Irish Heather, Shebeen boasts the city’s best whisky selection with over 250 varieties from single malt scotch to Kentucky bourbon. And you’re bound to strike some interesting conversations with pops over their monthly whisky flights.
THREADS & INK
For the dad that has a soft spot for robots, comics, and sci-fi, a graphic tee will do the trick. Tees.ca carries creative tees done by emerging local artists. You’ll find wacky designs from cats riding t-rexes, to “wanted” Chewbacca t-shirts by Junk Food. If you really want to create personal design, the shop also offers custom printing on cotton apparel.
The athletic dad might need some new gear. Whether it’s weightlifting or training for a marathon, Strike Mvmnt are athletic specialists with plenty of cool threads to look good and move around in. Find chafe-free fits, classic trainers and colourful kicks.
If pops was a former rebel (or still is), and appreciates inked up skin, take him to Gastown Tattoo to chat with one of their nine artists on roster. The shop represents a full range of art styles from Traditional Americana to Illustrative and Japanese. But, if he isn’t ready to get inked just yet, you can always treat him to a gift card.