Butler's Executive Grooming Lounge
The business was founded in 2009 by former Auburn football players Chris Butler and Karlos Dansby. Its first location, supported by a $325,000 low-interest loan from the City of Birmingham, was in a former printing office at 2025 2nd Avenue North in downtown Birmingham. The interior remodeling for that location was created by Hatcher Designs and executed by Brasfield & Gorrie.
The downtown lounge was managed by Tim Dreaden and offered $38 hair cuts with complimentary shampoo, neck and back massage, and beverages. Other services included shoe shines, manicures, pedicures, "executive" facials, beard trimming, and head-shaving. Each of four styling stations had an individual flat-screen television. Jazz music was piped in.
In June 2012, Butler's opened a second location in a 1,700 square foot space at the Summit location of Saks Fifth Avenue. On October 1, 2013 the downtown Butler's location closed so that Butler and Dansby could work on expanding the franchise to other Saks Fifth Avenue locations around the country.
- Williams, Roy L. (June 16, 2009) "High-end barber salon opening in downtown Birmingham to offer perks like complimentary beverages." The Birmingham News
- Kent, Dawn (June 9, 2012) " Mens' style in Saks." The Birmingham News
- Azok, Dawn Kent (September 25, 2013) "Butler's Grooming Club to close downtown store, focus on Saks partnership." The Birmingham News