Coach & Four is undoubtedly one of Ann Arbor’s biggest caricatures — but for all the right reasons. Vintage sports memorabilia from all over the world? Check. Flat-screen television that only plays SportsCenter? Check. A fridge full of beer? Yessir. A stead of personable, skilled and hilarious barbers? Thank God, yes. An Ann Arbor mainstay, the barbershop has never failed to leave first-timers impressed with the quality of their cut and the charm of its environment — who can’t be endeared by its hockey stick coffee table, anyhow? The walls are adorned with stickers and jerseys of countless teams from around the world, and the magazines strewn across the waiting area range from the New York Times to Playboy. It’s a no-nonsense establishment with an earnest air of inclusivity, with its patrons consisting of University faculty, graduate students and impressionable freshmen alike. It’s only stated purpose is to provide its patrons a good haircut, a cracking conversation and a refuge from one’s day-to-day annoyances — and it’s the only barbershop in AA that makes the mark in that regard.
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