Drumheller has a royal addition to its downtown.
On Friday, November 16, The Royal Den of Hair Connoisseurs held a grand opening for the newly renovated and re-branded building on the corner of 3rd Ave and Centre Street formerly known as The Emporium.
"We're trying here, at The Royal Den, to provide a service that not only you deserve, but that you need," beamed Naz Him, owner of the barbershop. "Everything that you desire when it comes to hair care, and soon to be aesthetics, we hope to provide."
The Royal Den's other team members consist of Cathy Morse, former owner of The Chop Shop, Madison Heptonstall and the newly added, Karlene Hewko. Together, the team brings over 40 years of experience and skill.
"It's been a long road. I graduated in '85 with my Journeyman Certificate, so I've been a licensed stylist for years," explained Morse as she takes a step back from owning her own barbershop. "I took another path and opened up The Chop Shop 16 years ago and I ran that as my own and now it's just nice to kind of hand the reins over to someone else and let them have all the responsibility."
The shop boasts six stylist stations, surround sound speakers, a big screen TV and will soon be serving adult beverages to customers who find themselves with a thirst to quench.
Heptonstall, who also moved from The Chop Shop to The Royal Den, shares her passion on being a professional stylist.
"It's really rewarding. The client comes in and they show you this bright and beautiful picture which is really time-consuming," Heptonstall related to her specialty of hair coloring and highlights. "But at the end of the day, it all pays off."
Karlene Hewko, the newest stylist to enter The Royal Den of Hair Connoisseurs, adds more onto the professional and chic look that the barbershop is aiming for.
"I feel honored to be a part of the royal team and I'm very excited to start my new journey here," she explained. Some of Hewko's specialties in styling are cuts and colors, balayage, shadow roots and extensions.
During the grand opening, Drumheller Mayor Heather Colberg cut the red ribbon.
"My gosh, they just did an amazing job in putting this whole place together. It's like something you see in the city," Colberg finished. "It's incredible."
Drumheller's newest barber shop is now officially open and ready to serve the community for years to come.