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Kyle Barranger still remembers the smell of his first barbershop.

The smell — a mix of disinfecting alcohol, warm shaving cream and the sharp scent of pomade emanating from the basement shop in his hometown of Kalispell — stuck with Barranger.

He grew up, worked various jobs in warehouses and construction yards, but always remembered that smell.

“Being younger, one of your favorite places is going to the barbershop; the banter, the sights and smells, that’s something that stuck with me even getting older,” Barranger said. “I was always interested in it.”

Barranger followed his nose to a barber school in Salt Lake City, where he graduated last summer. Following a stint at a buddy’s shop in the Flathead, Barranger is in the process of opening his own place in downtown Bozeman.

“I’m 35 now and I definitely wanted a career that I could do into my 60s and that I was passionate about and finally I found that,” he said.

The shop, named The Upper Cut, will be located at 238 East Main Street, next door to Carter’s Boots. Barranger said he hopes to open March 1.

“Bozeman is a great opportunity,” he said. “It’s such a growing city, it’s up-to-date and hip and being a college town there’s a different vibe there. And downtown Bozeman is a great place for a business.”

Barranger is developing the shop with the help of his girlfriend and business partner Regan Langel, and said he eventually plans to hire on several additional barbers. Haircuts will run $20, shaves $25 and beard trims $10.

And with lines long at the Cannery District’s Barber Shop and Shaving Parlor, Northgate Barber Shop, as well as Elkhorn Barber Shop, which opened last summer off Main, the area could do with another traditional barber, Barranger said.

“It’s been awesome so far,” he said of the public’s response. “Knowing a lot of people in Bozeman, they spread the word for you. Word travels fast nowadays.”

“The big thing with Bozeman is that there are so many people moving there that in any barbershop you walk into, there’s a longer wait than (the shop) can handle,” he continued. “There has been room for another shop in Bozeman.”

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