With an old school aesthetic and convivial atmosphere, Empyre Barbers has become a popular local destination for high-quality haircuts, beard trims and shaves since opening in January 2019. Lively conversation and attention to detail has earned Empyre a loyal customer base. “Tigard has really embraced us and made us feel like we are a community,” says owners Matthew and Lydia Hickox (pictured).
This community-oriented approach separates Empyre from other barbershops. Empyre supports Tigard youth by giving back-to-school haircuts to low-income families and sponsoring local youth sports programs, including Tigard High School sports and the Mitchell Robinson Junior NBA Basketball Camp. Matthew and Lydia Hickox are also strong believers in giving back to less fortunate members of the community, providing haircuts at Project Homeless Connect events for the local homeless population and working with Bridges to Change to offer job interview haircuts to individuals in recovery from chemical dependency. “Our relationship with the community is very important to us,” says Matthew and Lydia.
Forced to close their doors due the state-mandated shutdown, Empyre Barbers was awarded a small grant through Tigard CARES that will help them continue to be a staple in the Tigard community. “We want to thank City of Tigard for reaching out and staying consistent in helping us with the support needed to get through this COVID- 19 pandemic together,” says Matthew and Lydia. “Since opening our doors, the community of Tigard has been so welcoming and supportive in our business. We are very honored to have our business in Tigard.” To learn more about Empyre Barbers, visit www.empyrebarbers.com.
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