One of German Village's newest shops is dedicated to keeping a dying tradition alive.

One of German Village's newest shops is dedicated to keeping a dying tradition alive.

Niko's Barbershop, at 174 Thurman Ave., opened its doors two months ago and is a picturesque example of what old-style barbershops were, down to its red and white spinning barber poll and heavy-looking barber's chairs.

This aesthetic is all part of twenty-five-year-old Niko Prokos' dedication to keeping the neighborhood barbershop from disappearing.

Prokos, a Florida native, is looking to establish a "Cheers" attitude for the shop where everyone knows everyone else. With this he is also looking to dip into an old bag of trick to show customers the difference between a barbershop and a salon.

"A lot of guys don't want to use the straight razor," Prokos said about the traditional barber tool. "That's what barbers are known for. That's a huge part of being a barber. As a barber I feel like it is my obligation. I give a straight-razor shave with every cut I do."

Prokos' goal in opening the shop was to restore it and bring the business into the modern era.

"This is an old style shop with a new school feel."

To be fair, though, Propos' location has nearly always been a barbershop. Built in the 1940s as a barbershop, the small building was previously home to Mike's Barbershop. It's one thing that drew him to the site.

"I just thought it was so cool that it had always been a barbershop," he said.

After leasing the building, Prokos gutted the rundown inside and restored it. Among the things he found were numerous post cards sent to the shop during World War II. He plans to put the cards into a scrapbook for customers to browse.

Prokos began cutting hair while in high school after a poor experience at his own barber.

"I told my friends I couldn't go to school like this," he said. "I found some old scissors and clippers and fixed my hair."

This one incident started Prokos on the path to his profession.

"I just started cutting my boys hair in my backyard," he said. "After that I started asking my barber questions."

He said what drew him into the business was owning his own business and making people look nice.

At the moment, Prokos is the only barber on premise. He expects to hire additional help later this year.

Store hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Appointments are available by request.