A new men’s grooming salon has opened in Deer Park, launched by Kelly and Frank Difino of Long Grove. The Gent’s Place has the look and feel of a club, more than just another barber shop. Publisher Michael Beightol interviewed Kelly recently to share their story.

SW Lake: What motivated you to open The Gent’s Place in Deer Park?

Kelly Difino: “My husband Frank and I were looking for a business that focuses on outstanding customer service. We looked at many, and The Gents Place fit our values. After meeting with founder Ben Davis, we realized we’d found the perfect fit. There’s nothing like the ultra-premium men’s grooming services from our incredible team.”

SWL: How many stylists will you employ?

KD: “We have 8 chairs and 2 private suites with a diverse team of grooming specialists and barbers.”

SWL: Please tell us what a customer should expect from their experience at The Gent’s Place?

KD: “When guests enter The Gents Place, they will be offered a beverage from our top shelf bar (included in the service), and may relax in our member’s lounge or sit by our fireplace. Our relaxing atmosphere continues in our genuine barber’s chairs and relaxation room. Guests can also choose to receive services in our private suites and private foot repair room. We like to say it’s “country club meets speak easy.”

SWL: You offer shoe shines. How does that work?

KD: “Yes! We want our guests to shine from head-to-toe. We’re excited to bring the somewhat-lost art of shined shoes to top off our guest experience. Guests can enjoy the service from our luxury shoe shine chair, or drop off their shoes. Shoe shines are also included in our membership options.”

SWL: Tell us about yourselves.

KD: “We’ve lived in Long Grove almost five years. We moved out from Chicago to offer my son, Sam, a well-rounded suburban/country upbringing. Frank has been in sales and marketing for 20+ years, and I’ve been in business and education. We’re dedicated to philanthropy and our community through organizations such as Caring Women’s Connection and the Lake Zurich Chamber of Commerce. Frank comes from a big Italian family, and our team and guests will feel like they are part of our family!” 

The Gent’s Place, in Deer Park at 21720 W. Long Grove Road, can be reached at 847.215.8804. Appointments can be booked online at thegentsplace.com/locations/deerpark-il.