Scout’s Barbershop: A Cut Above the Rest


Interview with Owner, Brooke Allison

These days, it seems like our schedules are constantly in flux. Personal things come up, meetings get cancelled or moved, and the “to-do” list always gets pushed to the back burner. Haircuts, color, beard trims and the like, are often on the list but so difficult to schedule weeks in advance. At some high-end salons, appointments must be booked months in advance to receive high-quality service. Fortunately, about two and a half years ago, Brooke Allison and Keila Trevino brought the Nashville area Scout’s Barbershop, an affordable, high-quality “barbershop-style” salon for both men and women.

Four years ago, Brooke Allison, owner of Scout’s Barbershop, moved to Nashville from Seattle, Washington and opened Hot Yoga of East Nashville. Brooke started to notice a few voids in her neighborhood of East Nashville that was still just starting to become more developed – one of which, was a place to walk in and get a great haircut or color service any day of the week.

At the time, Keila Trevino (a friend of Brooke’s from college) was living in Austin and managing Birds Barbershop, a hip unisex salon with ten locations in the Austin area. Brooke promptly reported to Keila there was nothing comparable in Nashville – a salon with a relaxed, cool environment and yet affordable and accessible. About a year later, she convinced Keila to move to Nashville, and Scout’s Barbershop was born.

“Scout’s” was named after the strong and inspirational character, Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, who stood up for folks on the margins and believed it necessary to walk in someone else’s shoes. Like its namesake, Scout’s takes a stand for folks in need right here in Middle Tennessee. With their first Haircuts for Humans event this last fall, Scout’s gave more than 100 free haircuts to those in need and raised over $3,000 for the Martha O’Bryan Center and their fight to end poverty in Nashville. Events like Haircuts for Humans and Scout’s-sponsored dinners at the food bank are a few of the community activities that Brooke, Keila and the Scout’s staff are passionate about and plan to cultivate in their new Franklin neighborhood in the next year.

Scout’s has three locations across Middle Tennessee, with the fourth, brand-new location in downtown Franklin. Brooke had a place for Franklin in her heart since she first began her antiquing adventures at Bill Powell’s shop on West Main four years ago. She had her eye on the old Fire Hall in Downtown Franklin, with its high ceilings and exposed brick walls. Once Bill Powell bought the building, she didn’t stop calling him about it until he offered her a space for Scout’s. May 5, just twelve months later, the doors to Scout’s Franklin opened and the Scout’s stylists began snip, snip, snipping.

“The idea is this: maybe you wake up one day and decide you need a haircut. You have the afternoon free so you walk in to Scout’s or call an hour before you come, and by-golly, you get your hair cut that same day! You can walk in, call ahead or check in on our website any day of the week, and that’s why we call it a ‘barbershop.’ says Brooke. “And just like an old-school barbershop you get to hang out, slow down a little and meet your neighbors.” In fact, Scout’s offers complimentary cold brews while you wait! Enjoy a locally-brewed iced coffee from Barista Parlor or a craft beer from Little Harpeth Brewing with your cut. You might also browse around the American-made, every day apparel and accessories at Scout’s Franklin, and ‘scout’ your next style.

Scout’s offers high-quality, affordable haircuts for men and women of all ages. No appointment necessary; that is, unless you’re getting color services or a relaxing straight razor shave, which Scout’s will book for you in advance. The entire family can pop in for a full-service fix, or a group of guys in a wedding party, even a group of gals looking for some Scout’s styling. This full-service salon has a fun, creative staff that is always ready to make your acquaintance, and if you love your experience, just request the same stylist on your next visit!

Roll with how your day is going and go check out Scout’s Barbershop in the new Historic Downtown Franklin location!

508 West Main Street
Franklin, Tennessee 37064
Open Tuesday – Sunday


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