FrontRunners: Close And Comfortable

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    Calculating that by this point in human history, men in the thousands will have grown weary of unisex salons, former sports-industry executives Bill Sanders and Adam Dishell have created a Los Angeles–area barbershop that recalls an old-school London gentlemen’s club. At The Shave of Beverly Hills (www.theshavebeverlyhills.com), patrons sit in antique barber chairs, sip cock­tails, listen to jazz and blues, and watch ESPN while receiving haircuts, seven-towel straight-razor shaves, massages, and shoe shines. Female assistants attend to skin-care needs without making customers smell like a flower shop, and a room at the back caters to those desiring privacy. Haircuts for nonmembers start at $65; memberships, which include all barbershop services, cost $4,000 a year. Sanders notes that some members drop by every morning for a shave. . . . Also from our Morning Rituals Department: Bosch, inventor of the first electric automobile starter nearly a century ago, has introduced another way to get things going. The Bosch Built-in Benvenuto coffee and espresso maker, from the firm’s home appliances division (www.boschappliances.com), requires zero counter space, as it glides in and out of a kitchen cabinet. The $2,000 platinum-and-black unit has a stainless steel brewing compartment that, according to Bosch, prevents the beverages from tasting metallic. Additional features include a grinder, a milk-frothing spout, and a warming tray for mugs. . . .

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