February 24, 2017
Megan and Derwood Willhite were driving cross-country from North Carolina in 2011 when Derwood decided he was ready to take the plunge.
They were moving to Rocky Mountain country. It was time to free his follicles.
"I had a beard roughly an inch, it was scraggly and itchy, and I didn't know what to do with it," said Derwood, who told his wife he wanted to go full "Mountain Man."
Megan didn't bristle at the announcement, per se, so long as her husband promised to keep things tidy and fragrant - not the raggedy whiskers he'd sported after getting out of the Army or while touring the East Coast with his reggae band.
At the time, cultivating and maintaining one's face topiary was easier requested than done. Aside from shaving cream and aftershave, beard and mustache care options mostly were limited to homemade offerings for sale on websites such as Etsy.
That realization, combined with a gift of beard oil from Derwood's stepmother and a timely viewing of the movie "A Million Ways to Die in the West," led the couple to start Vintage Grooming Co. in 2014. The storefront on Nevada Avenue opened a little more than a year ago in Colorado Springs selling all-natural scented and unscented beard oils, hair and body balms, mustache waxes and soaps, and other grooming items. All body products are handmade by Megan and as locally... Read the full article at The Gazette: CLICK HERE!
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