The Good Life: Accessory Nick Berardi

Nick Berardi and his café racer

Nick Berardi, the owner of Richard Nicholas Hair Studio, has always been ahead of the curve: Back in the ’60s, after being kicked out of three high schools, the South Philly native started styling hair — before the rise of celeb stylists (or, for that matter, straight


Nick Berardi, the owner of Richard Nicholas Hair Studio, has always been ahead of the curve: Back in the ’60s, after being kicked out of three high schools, the South Philly native started styling hair — before the rise of celeb stylists (or, for that matter, straight male ones). When other businesses fled for the ’burbs, Berardi stayed — craving Center City’s energy and trusting in his gut that Philly was on the rise. And before today’s boomers got permission from their wives to buy motorcycles, Berardi had been building and riding his own for years. “In the ’60s, it was crazy to see this motorhead guy doing hair,” he says. “But I love the problem-solving nature of hair and bikes — experimenting until you find what clicks, then moving on to the next thing.” For Berardi, there’s always a next thing — from hitting the road with his sons (and fellow stylists) Nick and Joey, to watching his six-year-old grandson ride. “I flipped when my son got my grandson his first mini motorcycle,” he says. “Until he reminded me that I got my sons riding when they were six and three.” And while Nick — and Philly — have come a long way in 40 years, some things haven’t changed. “I still ride my bike to work every day,” he says. “But now, instead of just my bike, our stretch of Sansom is lined with my boys’ bikes, too.”

Richard Nicholas Hair Studio, 1716 Sansom Street, 215-567-4790; richardnicholas.com.

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  • Solomon

    Can’t wait to see what the rookies can do in the return game. The Eagles were horrible in this area last year. I still remember the Bad News Bears play where DeSean Jackson fielded the kick and threw it across the field to Curtis Marsh, who promptly fumbled deep in Eagles territory. That play was a microcosm of the Eagles year.

  • Solomon

    Can’t wait to see what the rookies can do in the return game. The Eagles were horrible in this area last year. I still remember the Bad News Bears play where DeSean Jackson fielded the kick and threw it across the field to Curtis Marsh, who promptly fumbled deep in Eagles territory. That play was a microcosm of the Eagles year.

  • Andy

    Isn’t the role of kick returner almost completely devalued by the new rules moving the kick up to the 35-yard line? I’d rather see Boykin returning punts.

    • jasvic

      Too many times last year Lewis would take the kickoff 3 or 4 yards in the end zone and bring it out, only to fail to reach the 20. Having a guy back there that knows when and when not to bring it out would be an improvement. And if he can get 5-10 more yards on top of it, it would be a bonus.

    • Jack

      When you are ranked 24th in a specific position, it is something that needs improved upon, regardless of the assumed “value” of the position.

  • Andy

    Isn’t the role of kick returner almost completely devalued by the new rules moving the kick up to the 35-yard line? I’d rather see Boykin returning punts.

    • jasvic

      Too many times last year Lewis would take the kickoff 3 or 4 yards in the end zone and bring it out, only to fail to reach the 20. Having a guy back there that knows when and when not to bring it out would be an improvement. And if he can get 5-10 more yards on top of it, it would be a bonus.

    • Jack

      When you are ranked 24th in a specific position, it is something that needs improved upon, regardless of the assumed “value” of the position.

  • wydok

    I would like to see some new blood in the return game. Jackson is too important to have out there on special teams, and Lewis was stinking up the field on kickoffs,

  • http://profiles.google.com/wydok42 Scott Korin

    I would like to see some new blood in the return game. Jackson is too important to have out there on special teams, and Lewis was stinking up the field on kickoffs,

  • Soybot

    Dion Lewis was terrible as a KR last year. Hard to see Boykins not earning that spot.

  • Soybot

    Dion Lewis was terrible as a KR last year. Hard to see Boykins not earning that spot.

  • Scott J

    I’m really looking forward to watching these guys. Lewis was a huge disappointment. You would think he would have at least accidentally broken a long return.

  • http://twitter.com/ScottJ610 Scott J

    I’m really looking forward to watching these guys. Lewis was a huge disappointment. You would think he would have at least accidentally broken a long return.

  • http://twitter.com/ScottJ610 Scott J

    Boykin looked great on that punt return. You can see he has good vision and has the right moves.

  • Scott J

    Boykin looked great on that punt return. You can see he has good vision and has the right moves.

  • Good Lookin ouT

    Hey Sheil, can this Damaris Johnson run good routes and catch the ball in traffic? Does he appear hesitant or intimidated? I’m wondering the same about McNutt or whatever his name. Is there any potential from the recent draftees to challenge for time this year, besides on special teams?

  • Good Lookin ouT

    Hey Sheil, can this Damaris Johnson run good routes and catch the ball in traffic? Does he appear hesitant or intimidated? I’m wondering the same about McNutt or whatever his name. Is there any potential from the recent draftees to challenge for time this year, besides on special teams?