Ocean City's Family Barber

Men × Women × Children




  • Three professional barbers avaible at all times
  • Reasonable, affordable prices
  • Relax, read the paper, watch TV, have a cup of fresh coffee
  • Treat yourself to an European Shave
  • Kids get a "FIRST HAIRCUT" Certificate!

Phone: (410) 250–0207 


Monday - Friday 7:30am–5:30pm
Sat. 7:30am–2pm
Sun. Closed

Walk-ins welcome...appointments not necessary



NEW Location!

143rd Street Oceanside at Resort Plaza

14306 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD 21842


Meet Our Barbers

Our talented staff awaits you at Olde Tyme Family Barber Shop!

Sean Welsh - Owner

Giuseppe Biancaniello - Shop Manager & Master Barber

Rick Bren - Barber


Brian Wallace

★★★★  This is a great, classic barber shop. Friendly, knowledgeable staff, convenient location and reasonable prices. We were in Fenwick for the week and no one had time to get a hair cut before we left home, so we all stopped in. Now we are stylin' for vacation!

Danny Pisani

★★★★★  This is a great barber shop. I've been there several times always had a awesome experience. I usually see Rick; they're all great though. It has a classic barber feel with modern perks. This is the shop I bring anyone to that needs a haircut--during the vacation season or off season.

Google User

★★★★ Good people in a very cool atmosphere. Make sure you stop in for a great cut. Rick, excellent as always.

Google User

★★★★ Excellent haircut, folks real friendly, and free coffee!

Chuck P.

★★★★★ Great shop, great staff, great prices, great cuts!!!!!!! I will recommend them highly!!!!!! Just wish they would take credit cards.

Ionel D.

★★★★★ Visiting Ocean City and came to Olde Tyme Barber Shop.  Rick cut my hair and did a great job.  I will be back next time for another hair cut.

Larry J.

★★★★★  Tyme Family Barber Shop is a fantastic shop with excellent barbers.  It is one of the only places around where you can get a good flat top haircut.  The atmosphere is very clean and professional with a big screen TV hanging on the wall so you catch watch while you are waiting.  Prices are very, very reasonable.  I have recommended this barber shop to many, many friends and all have been very satisfied.


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The 1880′s to the 1940′s were the golden age for barbershops. During this time, men socialized in all male hangouts, and barbershops rivaled saloons in popularity. Visiting the barbershop was a weekly, and sometimes daily habit. Men would stop in not only for a haircut and a shave, but also to fraternize with friends and chew the fat.

During this golden age, barbershops were classy places with often stunning surroundings. Marble counters were lined with colorful glass blown tonic bottles. The barber chairs were elaborately carved from oak and walnut, and fitted with fine leather upholstery. Everything from the shaving mugs to the advertising signs were rendered with an artistic flourish. The best shops even had crystal chandeliers hanging from fresco painted ceilings.

Despite this level of luxury, barbershops were homey and inviting. A memorable and heavenly man aroma filled the air. The smell of cherry, wintergreen, apple, and butternut flavored pipe and tobacco smoke mixed with the scent of hair tonics, pomades, oils, and neck powders. These aromas became ingrained in the wood and every cranny of the shop. The moment a man stepped inside, he was enveloped in the warm and welcoming familiarity. He was immediately able to relax, and as soon as the hot lather hit his face, his cares would simply melt away.

The Decline

The first blow to barbershops came in 1904 when Gillette began mass marketing the safety razor. Their advertisements touted the razor as more economical and convenient than visiting the barbershop. The use of safety razors caught on, and during World War I, the US government issued them along with straight razors to the troops. Having compared the two razors size by side, upon returning home from the front many soldiers discarded both the straight razor and their frequent trips to the barbershop. Going to the barber for a shave became a special occasion instead of a regular habit.

In the decades after WWI, several other factors combined to weaken the place of the barbershop in society. Companies like Sears began selling at-home haircutting kits, and mom began cutting Junior’s and Pop’s hair. Then the Depression hit, and people cut back on discretionary spending like barber shaves. The loss of male lives in the World and Korean wars also shrunk barbers’ pool of clientèle. Then in the 1960′s Beatlemania and the hippie culture seized the country, and hairstyles began to change. Men started to grow their hair longer and shaggier, and their visits to the barber became infrequent or non-existent.

Even when short hair came back into style during the 1980′s, men did not return en masse to the barbershop. Instead, a new type of hairdresser siphoned off the barbers’ former customers: the unisex salon. Places like “SuperCuts” which were neither beauty salons nor barbershops, catered to both men and women. Many states’ licensing boards accelerated this trend by ceasing to issue barber licenses altogether and instead issuing a unisex “cosmetologist” license to all those seeking to enter the hair cutting profession.

Why Every Man Should Go To A Barber Shop

A barber knows how to cut a man’s hair. If you’re like most men these days, you’re probably going to some unisex chain salon like Supercuts. I used to do it too. Most of the time, I’d walk out of these places with a crappy haircut. Sometimes, my haircut would look decent for the first week or so, but then it would grow out into a horrible bowl.

The problem is that many of the people who work at salons are not trained barbers. They’re cosmetologists. The difference between the two can spell the difference between a dopey-looking haircut and a great one.

A barber is trained to cut with clippers, the main tool in cutting a man’s hair. Cosmetologists, on the other hand, are trained to use scissors. Their training is also geared towards catering to women’s hair. They become experts in styling, coloring, and perming- things a man has no need for. That’s why when you ask the cute stylist at SuperCuts to use the number 2 on the clippers, you walk away with a bad haircut. She’s probably not well versed in how to use them. But a barber can employ the clippers with finesse.

It’s a great place to chew the fat with other men. When I went to hair stylists, I hardly ever talked to the woman who cut my hair. I’d chat about my family and theirs and that’s about it. The woman who cut my hair usually ended up chatting it with the other women in the salon, while I sat there awkwardly.

Barbers, on the other hand, are interesting guys with interesting stories to tell. On my visits to the barber shop, I’ve met a retried Army Ranger colonel, a musician who spent 13 years on the road in a jazz band, and a man who is the third generation in his family to take up the profession. Each of them had fascinating stories to share. And I in turn feel at ease to say what’s on my mind. There is conversation about politics, cars, sports, and family. Guys read the newspaper and comment on current events. In between the banter, jokes are told and laughs are had. And everyone is involved: the barbers, the customers getting their haircut, and the customers waiting to get their haircut. Adding to the enjoyment is that a variety of men take part in the conversation; young, old, and middle-aged join in the mix.

I think there’s a good argument that barbershops are among America’s last civic forums Where do people go today just to talk with others in the community? Coffee shops? Every time I go to a coffee shop, people are at their own tables minding their own business. The only other place that I can think of is a bar, but bars are now co-ed instead of being bastions of manliness. Graduate student, Melissa Harris-Lacewell, wrote an article about how discussions in traditionally black barbershops shape political ideas in the African-American community. She noted how political debate in barbershops can be vigorous and engages young and old alike. Unfortunately, white Americans are missing out on this experience. So, if you’re wanting to get your thumb on the pulse of civic life in your community, head over to the barbershop.

You can get a great shave. Many barbershops still give traditional single blade razor shaves. You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced the pleasures of a great shave at a barber. This past weekend, I went to a barber here in town to get a shave. I reclined in the plush old school barber chairs that had ash trays in the arm rests, a throw back to a time when people could smoke in public places. Then my shave commenced. The barber first wrapped a hot towel around my face. Next, the barber massaged in a lemon based cream to clean out my pores.

After that, several more hot towels were applied. By then, I was feeling nice and relaxed, on the verge of falling asleep relaxed. The barber then massaged in some cocoa butter to soften my beard. Next, the barber brushed a warm lather into my beard that smelled like man and not like that crappy artificial goo you buy in a can. The barber then took a piece of razor sharp metal and scraped my beard off for the closest, best shave I’ve ever had. Allowing another man to hold a razor to your neck is a good way to remind yourself that you’re alive.

To finish it all off, I got another hot towel wrapped on my face along with a final face massage with a soothing vanishing cream. When I stepped out of the shop, I felt like a new man, ready to take on the world.

It’s a great activity to do with your father or son. Men need traditions that can help bond them together. Visiting the barbershop with your father or son is a great tradition to begin in your family. Many men have been going to the same barber all their life and have introduced their sons to the same chair and the same barber. What a great way to bond with the men in your life!

You’ll feel manlier. Every time I go to the barber shop I just feel manlier. I don’t know what it is. Perhaps it’s the combination of the smell of hair tonics and the all-man atmosphere. But more so, it’s the awareness of the tradition of barbershops. Barbershops are places of continuity; they don’t change with the shifts in culture. The places and barbers look the same as they did when your dad got his hair cut. It’s a straightforward experience with none of the foofoo accouterments of the modern age. There are no waxings, facials, highlights, or appointments. Just great haircuts and great conversation.

When you walk out of the barber shop with a sharp haircut, you can’t help but feel a bit of manly swagger creep into your step. So next time you spot that familiar red and white striped pole, stop in. You’ll be glad you did.



Old Tyme Family Barber Shop in The Courier Page 13

By Chelsea Grimm

October 26, 2011


For Captain Sean Welsh and the crew at the Olde Tyme Family Barber Shop cutting hair is a lifelong passion. Sean opened Olde Tyme, in August 2011 and has been loving every second of it ever since.

Sean used to work for the owner of the previous shop, and after she vacated, he had about two weeks to rent and renovate the location. “I did it mostly with friends,” Sean said, “Four of us worked around the clock, gutted and redesigned the place in only 6 days.” Sean picked the name Olde Tyme Family Barber Shop because of another shop he owns back in Severna Park and because he wants to keep the nostalgia of old-fashioned barber shops alive. Though that spirit is fading in many places, in Olde Tyme it is alive and well. Dark wood counters and classic looking barber chairs give customers the feeling they stepped back in time. Sean has been cutting hair for over twenty years. He started out in Severna Park and moved to the Ocean City area about ten years ago. Sean is not only an accomplished barber and businessman but is also captain of the charter fishing boat Restless Lady. In fact, it was the day after Olde Tyme opened that Sean caught a 699.5 pound white marlin, winning first place in the White Marlin Open. 

Sean’s crew at Olde Tyme is made up of himself and three other employees. Rick Bren has been cutting hair since 1967. After graduating he gave being a barber a try and loved it. “I like working with the people,” Rick said, “And I like that every day is a different day.” Rick has been an Ocean City local for about seven years and says that the Olde Tyme Family Barber Shop is a great place to work. “I love the unique customers we get,” Rick stated, “I think that the shop and Sean are great and I like the professionalism here.” Giuseppe Biancaniello, or Joe as everyone calls him. Joe started cutting hair in Avelino, Italy at only fifteen years old. When he was seventeen he moved to America and began working in the DC area. About five years ago he sold everything and moved to Ocean City. Joe is now a Master Barber who has been cutting hair for three to four generations of people, “I still have clients from the 1970s and the Washington area who come down here for a haircut.” His loyal following is testimony to his success and the fact that he loves his job, “If you like it, you’ll do well.” 

Olde Tyme Family Barber Shop offers cuts for men, women and children, buzzes, trims, a variety of shaves and old-fashioned razor cuts. Their prices are hard to beat, with a men’s cut running $12 and a women’s only $15. Sean encourages families to come visit and bring the kids, “Come meet us. Bring your kid’s sports pictures so we can put them on the wall.” Right now any child that comes in for a haircut will also receive a free shark tooth. Family and community are important to Sean and he would love to help out any organizations that need it, “We want to support youth programs. We will also donate gift certificates to any silent auction or fundraising event that would like one.” 

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Old-fashioned barbershops a unique escape

By: The Daily Times of Salisbury Sam Spiegelman

September 24, 2012

OCEAN CITY — Finding a place to get a haircut isn’t a problem — it’s the problem.

Barber Giuseppe Biancaniello enjoys the conversation with a customer as he trims his hair at the Olde Tyme Barber Shop in Ocean City.

There are plenty of chain unisex hair salons along the Maryland-Delaware coast, but lost are the old-fashioned barbershops with the swirling red, white and blue poles that double as neighborhood hangouts.

Traditional barbershops are an endangered species. Stylists don’t use straight razors or offer shaves, and customers can’t sacrifice large chunks of their day.

Sure, they have scissors and clippers, but their weapon of choice is a straight razor.

They’re old-school barbers who know their customers by first name and can provide you with a directory of local businesses. They’re human Yellow Pages.

They’re staples of the community and pillars of the past. Though they may be in the minority now, they have no plans to change.

“For the old-timers and the old fellows, they want to go to a regular old-fashioned place,” Olde Tyme owner Sean Welsh said. “It’s a place for them to get away from the wife and that kind of stuff. We got quite a few of those guys who do that and retired people moving to the beach. It’s a lot of socializing, plus anyone who wants to know any information. They’ll stick their head in here and ask for someone who does drywall or trim, and one of the barbers will let them know what’s going on.”

Welsh opened Olde Tyme in Severna Park in 1991, then set up shop on 142nd Street in October 2011.

He assembled what he considered an all-star cast of local barbers, including Giuseppe Biancaniello, whose business card reads “Master Barber.”

Biancaniello, who relocated to Maryland from Italy, has 46 years of razor cuts in his back pocket. That’s how barbers were taught to do haircuts in the 1960s and ’70s. And though most stylists have resorted to scissors and clippers, Biancaniello is set in his ways — and happy for it.

“I was trained to do that. It’s something I always did and enjoyed doing it. In a way, Sean and I are the only ones left. It’s hard to say how many other barbers are doing it, but we’re trying to keep the barbershop alive,” Biancaniello said.

The art of shaving

Lesson No. 1 for Biancaniello: how to shave. If it seems unconventional now, that’s because it is. But 50 years ago, it was the norm.

Today, stylists are rushed in and out of school. They aren’t taught how to use the straight razor and they don’t get a lesson in shaving.

“They rush these kids out and they don’t teach them how to do shaving. It’s part of society,” Biancaniello said.

At most salons, the attention to detail just isn’t there, Biancaniello said.

“Every haircut is different. You can’t do a guy’s haircut the same way every time,” he said. “You go into a shop today and they say, ‘I want a No. 2 all over.’ A monkey could do that. The art of a good barber is truly lost.”

For the most part, the days when getting a haircut was a relaxing, enjoyable experience are out the door.

Now people want to get in, out and on their way. They’re always in a hurry. Getting a haircut is more of a chore to check off their to-do list.

“Everything changes. We live in a fast-paced world. Barbers want to take their time, but everyone is in a hurry,” Biancaniello said. “People used to spend an hour in the barbershop. Now people want to get in and get out.”

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