CutZone II opens in downtown Danbury
DANBURY — The historic Martin’s building on Main Street has a new tenant.
CutZone II opened earlier this month at 255 Main St., an expansion of a barbershop business that also has a location in Mahopac, N.Y. CutZone II has a spacious and bright interior and offers men’s haircuts for $14, and $12 cuts for kids and senior citizens.
“They are 100 percent what we need in Danbury,” said Robert Steinberg, who owns the building. “They are young, ambitious, great hair-cutters and starting off with a positive response here in Danbury. We waited for the right tenant and got it.”
CutZone II is owned by Enzo Kiswani, Mo Aljamal, Sam Karasneh and Andrew Rodriquez. Kiswani and Aljamal opened the original CutZone in Jefferson Valley, N.Y., in 2004. They moved the business to Mahopac in 2007.
Steinberg’s nephew is a customer of CutZone in Mahopac and suggested to the owners that they open a location in Danbury.
“He said: ‘This is what we need in Danbury,’” Amanda Kiswani, Enzo’s wife, said. “So we decided to open another spot. Enzo wanted to be in a city somewhere. We’d like to open a third place and keep going, but we’ll see how this goes. We’ll give it a year or two.”
CutZone II features bright green walls, sports and nostalgic photos, and black leather couches in the waiting area. The owners designed and performed the interior work themselves.
“I love it,” Amanda Kiswani said. “It’s completely different than Mahopac.”
Enzo Kiswani, Aljamal and Karasneh are all Jordanian and met after moving to the U.S. Kiswani and Aljamal moved to the U.S. about 20 years ago. “They came here and worked really hard,” Amanda Kiswani said.
Steinberg, who is also a board member of CityCenter Danbury, said he has heard a lot of favorable comments about CutZone II already.
“They are very professional and good at what they do,” Steinberg said. “We’re starting to see a lot of good, positive things in downtown.”
Steinberg’s father and uncle opened Martin’s men’s clothing store in 1954 in the space next door. They soon moved to 255 Main St. and Martin’s remained there until about seven years ago. The location has since been a hair salon and a marketing firm.
The CutZone II sign will soon arrive and be placed over the entrance. The old Martin’s sign has been preserved and covered.
“It will be uncovered as a landmark at some point in time,” Steinberg said.
To reach CutZone II, call 203-744-HAIR.