Grooming a community relationship

  • Prondo’s Barber Shop on Miles Street in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Steve Prondecki of Prondo’s Barber Shop cuts Matt Clooney’s hair on Friday on Miles Street in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Prondo’s Barber Shop on Miles Street in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Recorder Staff
Thursday, October 12, 2017

GREENFIELD — After outgrowing its former location on Bank Row, Prondo’s Barber Shop has found a new home across from Mesa Verde on Miles Street.

The new shop features custom reclaimed wood countertops made from bowling alleys and has a “man cave” vibe, with hardwood floors and sports-theme decor adorning the walls. The larger space has also allowed owner Steve Prondecki to hire two additional barbers — Roberto Nieves and Daniel Rice.

The shop specializes in precise fading and finely detailed haircuts, including designs, bald fades and enhanced lineups, but Prondecki said it also serves another purpose.

“My ultimate goal here is to not only build clientele, but also build relationships within the shop so we can do a little community networking. We have state cops coming in here, we have professional athletes, we’ve got local business owners,” he said. “I just want to help people, really. I obviously like people making feel good about themselves, but I enjoy helping people, I think knowing people and knowing the right people will get you somewhere.”

Prondecki opened his business out of the front of his Franklin Street home and moved to Bank Row in 2015.

“A bigger spot opened up and I outgrew the other shop business-wise, and I spoke to these guys and these guys were looking for work at that time,” he said of his most recent move. “I’m confident to say these are two of the best barbers in Massachusetts. I went through a few different barbers but none of them worked, then I found these guys and we sort of all got together and made the dream team.”

Prondo’s Barber Shop caters to both men and women, and offers haircuts and shaves by appointment or walk-in. It is located at 24 Miles St.

“We don’t turn anybody away,” Prondecki said, adding, “We want to wow people.”