The QG opened its doors in 2005 as a four-chair grooming shop, with the intent to reinvent the barbershop experience. Owner, Craig Martin had a vision of merging the best of the old techniques, as well as bringing respect back to the profession with the latest equipment and technology blended to change the landscape of a man’s haircutting experience. Now that the landscape has been changed forever, and supposed upscale, gentleman’s shops or salons focusing on men have come to the scene, Craig directs his energy to continue to change the way men think and what they expect about grooming and style.
In 2011, Craig opened a luxurious spa and The Office Lounge Tobacconist. In 2012, Craig joined forces with a Master Tailor, and started offering custom clothing and alterations services. In 2013, Craig redefined the men’s shopping experience by providing ready-to-wear clothing and accessories at The QG.
The Classic Men’s Department Store debuted in 2014, bringing a new experience to each floor of the building at 31 S. Calvert Street. Craig’s mission is to bring The QG Life to men and women who appreciate the finer things in life. He strives to help men feel catered to and women feel that their men have a place where they can call home. Men shouldn’t feel they need a man cave because it exists at The QG. Women are always welcomed as well, whether for a spa service, niche grooming products, or to select the perfect gift for the man who seems to have everything. It’s time to enjoy the QG Life. You’ve earned it.
behind The QG: A Note from Owner, Craig Martin
QG is short for “Quinntessential Gentleman”. My mother passed away from cancer and was a tremendous influence on my life. She was a stay- at-home mother of six, and one of the most compassionate and sweetest women on the planet. I was the 5th out of 6 siblings and my mother and I were very close. When she passed, I decided shortly after to leave my safe corporate job to start an entrepreneurial venture. I needed to recognize my mother in naming the business, so I used her maiden name “Quinn” and melded that with her desire for me to be a perfect gentleman – which is why Quinntessential Gentleman is spelled with two “n”s. I love and miss you mom.
I get asked about twice a month, “How did you come up with the concept for the QG?” In 1997, I told my father he should try and get a barber for the locker room of his golf club. He flat out told me that is was one of the most absurd ideas he had ever heard. For years I had been mesmerized by seeing straight razor shaves or barber shop scenes in old movies. In addition, my father, who lived and worked in New York City, would occasionally bring me along when he would visit friends at some very nice men’s clubs. I decided this ‘absurd’ idea would be the cornerstone of my new business concept. Although excited about the concept, I did not have tremendous support from banks or landlords. I opened the QG in Baltimore in 2005, working feverishly through a tough few years as I had to explain the business premise on a daily basis. Thank you so much for being part of making QG what it is today.