10 Things That Inspire Josh Taylor of Notorious Hair Group

The barber shares why he travels to Nanton for candy, his favourite margarita at Anejo and where he goes when he's looking for a new wallet.

photograph by jared sych


With 20 years of hair-cutting experience, Josh Taylor opened Notorious Hair Group in Inglewood last August. The boutique salon has a laid-back vibe, with classic candy for clients and a steady stream of old-school hits playing. “I wanted to create a barbershop feel that women could be comfortable in, too,” Taylor says.

Here are 10 things he can’t live without.


Roth and Ramberg photography calendars 

This photographer duo travels somewhere every year and then makes a calendar of the photos. They’re unbelievable, something I look forward to every year.


Horace & Jasper Design wallets

I was always looking for the perfect wallet and I finally found this leather maker at Crossroads Farmers’ Market. It’s made of three different leathers and it’s soft, so it wears a little easier.


Bushido Tattoos 

Doug Fink is quite a legend in Calgary — I’ve been going to him for 16 years. But the shop has so many different artists, whatever style you’re looking for, they have someone.


Xander Nils 

He’s a solo artist who does open mics all over the city, so I like to follow him around. He has this bluesy, raspy voice that’s just killer. 


Karaoke Night at Stonegate Pub 

It’s my neighbourhood pub and the karaoke host is awesome — he kills it every time. Everyone cheers you on, regardless if you’re good or not. It’s a really fun atmosphere.


The Candy Store in Nanton

I’m a candy freak and this is my favourite candy store by far. They’ve brought back lots of cool things from when I was younger.


Cadillac margarita at Añejo 

I just love that it’s a nice, classic margarita — but I’m also a sucker for Cadillacs. This margarita isn’t too overwhelming and Añejo has my favourite tequila collection.


Alberta Diamond Exchange 

I love watches and jewellery design, and any time I buy jewellery for my wife this is where I go. They have a wicked selection and can custom-make anything you ask for.


500 Cucina’s salsicce pizza 

The Italian sausage is unreal and the crust is phenomenal — they import the flour and make the crust in-house. If you like Italian-style pizza, this is the place to go. 


Painter Chicks Designs

My interior designer, Marco Remenante, brought them in while designing the salon. They took regular furniture and made it look vintage just by using paint — it was amazing. 


This article appears in the June 2017 issue of Avenue Calgary. Subscribe here.


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