New Tucson Barbershop is also a bodega with snacks from around the world

TUCSON, Arizona – Owning a barber shop is something Martin McCoy has always wanted to do.

“A hair salon is a place where you can come across a number of different resources and different things. And I thought to myself, why not bring it all together. And it works, ”said McCoy, owner of Martin’s Barber & Bodega.

Combining his love for the barber with his love for interesting snacks that do not come from the USA – that gave this barbershop and this bodega a cool touch.

“I like such weird things. And why not give people something they really can’t find here to add to the experience, ”said McCoy.

This new store first opened in the middle of the pandemic last August. McCoy says the opening was a gut feeling during this time.

“I’ve just celebrated 13 years in business, so I felt like I owed it to myself and my clients and my clients and my friends and clients to take that leap of faith. And here we are, ”said McCoy.

It was a roller coaster ride, but McCoy says he wouldn’t change anything while crediting his support system for staying afloat.

“Because without her I wouldn’t exist. You are the greatest people. They stood by my side throughout the pandemic and during the closings, ”McCoy said.

And with the fascination of those hard-to-get snacks like Lays Chips from China, Kit-Kats from Japan, and differently flavored sodas from several countries, business is doing well. He is looking for hairdressers to help him in the shop.

“I really need help now. Business is picking up speed and I need help with the influx of people, ”said McCoy.

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