Visit Chapel Hill Barber Shop
Address: 431 W. Franklin St. Suite 310
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MWF by appointment only
Chapel Hill Barber Shop has transcended generations as a fan favorite and has been voted by Carolina’s Finest as the best barbershop in Chapel Hill. Known for its old school barber shop appeal, the shop prioritizes a relaxing and memorable experience for customers.
Backed by 69 years of business, the shop has a unique history to tell. It was founded in 1952 by William Colville in the McDade House, located on the corner of Franklin St. and Columbia. The shop was in this location until the McDade House was disassembled and moved into storage (ongoing mystery) and it was moved to 123 W. Franklin St. (University Square). In 1966, at the age of 21, Donald Ingle began working at Chapel Hill Barber Shop – and in 1972, William Colville sold the Barbershop to him.
Current owner Drew Inge, Donald’s son, started working at the barbershop in 2009. He became business partners with his father and took over as owner in 2014, relocating the barbershop to its current location. Drew’s father retired in March 2020, and the shop closed for three months after the pandemic hit. Drew opened it back up in June and is currently working by himself on an appointment-only basis.
"The barber shop is a place where people can sit down and relax for a short time and forget about their worries,” Drew said. “It's like a therapy session, but you get to leave with a great haircut."
Thanks to their premium customer service, they have many loyal customers in the Chapel Hill community. Google reviews are overwhelmingly positive – including a man who's been going there since he was 6 years old – and another who summed it up as follows:
"Drew has been cutting my hair since my freshman year of college in '09. No other barber will ever take as much time on a hair cut, and pay as much attention to detail as Drew will. He has the skills and talent to cut all styles of hair using both scissor and clipper. I moved away from chapel hill after graduating but still drive almost an hour to get my hair cut by Drew."
The quality of service and attention to detail at Chapel Hill Barber Shop cannot be found elsewhere. Steeped in tradition, Drew has perfected his craft and is dedicated to customer satisfaction with every cut.