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.
Meet Al in this American Crew profile.
James Sharp – Senior 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– Senior 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 – Senior 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.
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 - Senior 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.
Alex Garone - Stylist - Boulder
Alex started her career in 2013 at Form + Function Hairdressing where she trained directly under Mary Cahill-one of Al’s long-time colleagues! Alex joined the industry for the creative aspect and she loves that working with hair allows her to be creative in her profession. Alex started working for Al's during the summer of 2017 and has enjoyed focusing on cutting men's hair since the smallest adjustments can make a big difference in shape and texture.
Alex works in the Boulder location and offers men's and women's haircuts.
Elisabeth Strouse - Senior Stylist - Boulder & Denver
Elisabeth graduated from the Aveda Institute in Denver and has over 9 years of experience in the industry. Elisabeth was motivated immediately out of high school to pursue a career in the industry. Her passion inspired her to also pursue her additional license in barbering. Elisabeth enjoys the technicality and precision of cutting men's hair but more importantly she enjoys the conversations and laughing with her clients
Elisabeth works in the Denver and Boulder locations and offers men's haircuts, shaves and waxing.
Jason Jewell - Senior Stylist - Boulder & Denver
Jason has been in the hair industry since 1998 where he has worked in every capacity imaginable. He has styled hair in shops and salons, on set of commercials, films, and music videos, has been an educator for salons and product manufacturers and is currently an American Crew Team Crew Educator. Jason enjoys mentoring new stylists, and has developed training curricula and is currently developing an apprentice program for Al's.
Jason’s favorite aspects about doing hair are: listening to clients and interpreting and translating their ideas and needs into a great haircut that matches their style. He is known for precision cutting, and his ability to take vague concepts and turn them into great haircuts for his clients.
Jason works out of our Denver and Boulder locations and offers men’s haircuts and color.