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The way you like to live: Short Black & Sides

Welcome to our first profile piece in our ‘The way you like to live’ initiative.

If you’re searching for the right suburb or want to learn more about what your neighbourhood has to offer, follow this blog series as we share some incredible small businesses, their owners and other great places in the suburbs of Victoria and Western Australia.


Short Black & Sides, Como, WA

Without further ado, we’d like to talk about a locally owned business from Como.  Located in what some say to be the perfect spot; close to the city but also the Swan River. In this suburb you’ll find Short Black & Sides, Perth’s only all-female barbershop specialising in short cuts and a boutique espresso bar.

We were lucky enough to interview director and barber, Carmen. We asked a few questions about how SB&S started, what the business is all about and ways they offer cost savings for all budgeters out there! Keep reading to find out more about SB&S:


Editor: How and when did the idea for Short Black and Sides come about?

Carmen: “It had always been my dream to open my own barber shop. After working in a couple of other salons/barber shops in Perth, my partner and I really felt that we could offer something completely different to the customer. When the site in Como became available, we knew this was meant to be our shop! We wanted to create something unique for the area, a place where all short haired people could get the ‘barber experience'”.


Editor: We think it’s incredible and inspiring that you are Perth’s only all-female barbershop, tell us more about that

Carmen: “Having worked in other barber shops, we knew it was a very male dominated space. Whilst I always felt welcomed, it could be a very ‘blokey’ atmosphere. We wanted to create a barber shop where all people are welcomed to have the signature barber experience, where we could connect with our customers and build lasting relationships. I’m so happy to say that with our barber shop and café, we have achieved this. Our clients come in with their kids, even their dogs! It’s a beautiful, family friendly environment. We feel really lucky to come to work every day and deliver the highest level of service across the whole business.”


Editor: At Resolve, we have many customers at various stages of their home ownership journey, and often this involves saving and budgeting, does SB&S offer any discounts or sales our customers can keep an eye out for?

Carmen:Absolutely! We are always trying to be greener in our business where possible. We offer a discount on your coffee when a keep cup is brought in. We also sell Short Black and Sides keep cups if you haven’t yet picked one up!

In addition to this, any Resolve Finance followers upon mentioning this blog, will receive Buy One, Get One Free Coffee at our café – open from 7:30am Tuesday to Saturday.” *valid till 30/11/19


Editor: What other products or services can our customers expect to find at SB&S? Are there any fan favourites you would recommend?

Carmen: “We have just started doing fresh hot Toasties! A few of my faves would have to be – “Pickle my fancy”, “Relish The Moment” and “You Wanna Pizza Me?”. We also stock some delicious sweet slices and cakes. The menu changes regularly so call in and see what’s in store.

As for the barber shop, we stock Evo, Matrix, Dapper Dan & The Groomed Man Co hair/beard care products, which I am a huge fan of”.


Get me to Short Black & Sides

At Resolve Finance our main goal is to help and watch as people fulfil their dreams, and the success of SB&S it no different. A big congratulations to Carmen and partner Stephanie, for building a business with not only great service and product offerings, but values! Oh, and did we mention they are in a gorgeous heritage listed space?

You can check out Short Black & Sides for yourself at 201 Labouchure Road, Como. Make sure to get down before the end of November and mention our blog for their Buy One, Get One Free promo!


Café Hours

Tues – Fri 7.30am – 4.30pm

Saturday 7.30am – 4.00pm

Barber Shop

Sun – Mon Closed

Tues – Fri 8am – 6pm

Saturday 8am – 4:30pm


You can check them out online here:





Resolve Finance – South Perth

Like the sound of Como? Think this might be the right place for you? Speak to Resolve Finance – South Perth, local mortgage broker James Wright can answer any questions you might have about the area, affordability and more.


Or you can start having a look for yourself!

Check out the amazing boutique development of 23 designer apartments at Edition Como by our partners at Parcel Property and PACT Construction.


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