Al Urbanowski - Founder and Owner
Al Urbanowski began his barbering career in LaSalle, Illinois in 1986, where he mastered his craft in old-school barbering techniques. In 1995, Al joined the American Crew All-Star Team - the elite education program responsible for changing the way people think of men's grooming and revolutionizing the barber shop industry. As an All-Star member, Al traveled the globe sharing his knowledge, skill and techniques with other stylists. Today, Al is one of the most popular and highly regarded senior members of the American Crew All-Star Team known equally for his exceptional technique, warm personality and infectious sense of humor.
Al opened the first Al’s Barber Shop in Boulder in 1995 with the single aim of providing men a comfortable place to get a good haircut and shave. His reputation for quality haircuts and great service quickly spread, leading to a second location in Denver in 2007. Al’s Barber Shop continues to be dedicated to serving the gentleman client and providing a relaxing and welcoming environment where men can feel comfortable while meeting their grooming needs.
An avid bicyclist, hot yoga practitioner and devoted family man, Al lives in Boulder, CO with his wife, Karen, and their three children (Cole, Julia and Paul).
Al works in both the Boulder and Denver locations and offers men's haircuts and shaves.
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Shannon Harris – Senior Stylist – Boulder & Denver
A graduate of Horst Academy of Aveda, Shannon began her career as an apprentice at Art + Science salons in Chicago, where she was introduced to the training methods of men’s grooming from several American Crew All-Stars, among them Al Urbanowski. She joined Al’s Barber Shop as a stylist in 1998. Her love for men’s hair is not only about the haircut and service but about the stylist as well, believing that happy stylists deliver happy clients.
Shannon works in both the Boulder and Denver locations and offers men's haircuts.
James Sharp – Junior Stylist and Barber – Denver
A child of the military, James has traveled the globe drawing inspiration from the many places he’s seen and lived. A graduate from Emily Griffith Technical School’s Barbering Program, James comes to Al’s Barber Shop with a diverse background that includes the mutual fund, theatre and retail industries (to name a few). James was particularly influenced by the “New Wave” style of the 80s and the architectural elements of that era. He believes that when people look their best they treat themselves and others better, and sees every haircut as an opportunity to up the good vibes in the world.
James works in the Denver location and offers men’s haircuts and shaves.
Kiyomi Lowe– Junior Stylist and Barber – Boulder
A Denver native, Kiyomi is a graduate of Emily Griffith Technical School’s Barbering Program and is passionate about men’s grooming – including straight razor shaves. She loves continuing her education under Al’s tutelage and is devoted to making people feel and look great.
Kiyomi works in the Boulder location and offers men’s haircuts and shaves.
Carlee Marincic – Junior Stylist – Boulder
Carlee discovered her love for hair as a child when she’d accompany her mother to the beauty salon. That interest led her to attend Paul Mitchell the School in Chicago where she instantly felt she’d found her calling. While Carlee began cutting hair in 2012, she gave her first haircut (to her mother) in the 5th grade so she feels like a veteran at heart. She hopes to one day follow in Al’s footsteps becoming an educator and shop owner some day.
Carlee works in the Boulder location and offers both men’s and women’s haircuts.
Megan Givvin – Senior Stylist – Boulder & Denver
A Colorado native (Longmont), Megan was drawn to the hair industry by chance – finding a cosmetology school pamphlet on the floor of her French class. While studying at Long Peaks Academy, one of Megan’s mentors encouraged her to pursue a career at Al’s Barber Shop telling her “If you can work for Al, don’t leave.” In 2001, Megan joined Al’s team as receptionist and apprentice and has grown to Senior Stylist. She loves the ability to improve someone’s day with a great haircut and believes that the shorter lengths of men’s hair allows the details to shine – a perfectly tapered neckline or how the right texture leads to an easy style and graceful grow-out.
Megan works in the Boulder and Denver locations and offers men’s haircuts.
Paige Flores – Senior Stylist – Denver
Paige graduated from the Aveda Institute and has 7 years experience in the industry. She joined Al’s Barber Shop in 2012 and enjoys the relaxed atmosphere of a men’s barbershop as well as the challenge of creating shape and structure that men’s grooming provides.
Paige works in the Denver location and offers men’s and women’s haircuts.
Sara Studzinski – Senior Stylist and Barber – Boulder & Denver
As a veteran stylist with 9 years experience, Sara was originally drawn to the world of men’s barbering and grooming because of the precision and artistic aspect of cutting hair. She is a graduate of the Cape May County Technical School and really enjoys giving her clients a fresh, new look and seeing the transformation it can have on them – increasing their swagger and confidence.
Sara works in both the Boulder and Denver locations and offers men’s haircuts and shaves.
Brendan Beale – Senior Stylist – Boulder & Denver
Originally from Chicago, Brendan began his career as a shop assistant, which eventually led him to study and graduate from the Sassoon Academy in Chicago. He later apprenticed and perfected his skills as a stylist at Sassoon salons in Chicago and Washington, D.C. as well as Smith & Davis salon in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Brendan joined Al’s Barber Shop in 2013 and has never been happier with this transition to men’s grooming since it allows him to combine the cutting techniques he enjoys the most with the laid-back vibe, masculine environment at Al’s.
Brendan works in both the Boulder and Denver locations and offers men's haircuts.
Josie Harrington – Senior Stylist and Barber – Boulder
A Colorado native, Josie discovered her love for hair at an early age by giving haircuts to her father and siblings. She’s known for breaking boundaries and experimenting with color –even sporting vibrant pink hair for a time as a child. Josie has worked in both salon and barbershop environments as a receptionist, salon manager, and stylist/barber giving her great experience and a broad perspective on men’s grooming. Josie graduated from Englewood Beauty College and pursued continuing studies with Schwarzkopf, Redken, Paul Mitchell and American Crew. She loves helping men and women look their best and brings a fresh new style and flair to every client. Josie is a fully licensed barber and gives an exceptional straight razor shave!
Josie works in the Boulder location and offers men’s haircuts and shaves and women's haircuts, color and blow-out services.
Josh Weis - Junior Stylist – Boulder
A graduate of The Institute of Beauty and Wellness in Milwaukee, Josh began his career after getting his haircut by an American Crew All-Star and colleague of Al's. Josh was inspired by men's cutting but thought he would enjoy working in all aspects of hair. He quickly realized that his love for cutting was specifically men's grooming. Josh recently relocated to Colorado and was introduced to Al's through his American Crew colleague. He is an avid cyclist and movie buff.
Josh can be found cutting men's hair in Boulder Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Marissa Beasley – Senior Stylist – Boulder & Denver
With over 10 years of experience in men’s grooming, Marissa still enjoys the instant gratification that comes with transforming a man’s look in a short 30 minutes. She finds gaining the trust of new clients and cultivating that into a long-standing, recurring relationship tremendously rewarding. Marissa values every minute she has with her clients – whether that be a quick neck trim and catch-up or a complete style overhaul – and loves the atmosphere and environment at Al’s.
Marissa is a graduate of Xenon International School of Hair Design and offers men’s haircuts in both the Boulder and Denver locations.