Santiago, who’s been in Orlando since he was two years old, went to barber school here in town after a quick stint in school to be a history teacher and working at Publix. Stantiago told Bungalower that while he’s worked in popular barbershops all around town, he felt that most of them weren’t that inclusive, so he felt the need to do something on his own where anyone could get a cut.
“Most barbershops are all dark and grey and macho and I wanted more of a “soft boy” barbershop instead.”– TITO SANTIAGO
Santiago purchased the old 1940s-era barber chairs and stations from the old Chet Farley’s barbershop across the street which is currently being converted into the new home of Purple Ocean Super Food Bar, and restored them for his new shop – which is named after his daughter.
Eleanor’s is scheduled to open on May 5 and Santiago is hosting a raffle for the honor of being the first to get gussied up in his newly-restored chairs. Raffle tickets are $5 and can be purchased by messaging him on Instagram. All proceeds will be donated to The Center up the street.