Oh man, I meant to come back and report.
I picked the place a little further away from my office but a little cheaper. Found out the elderly gentleman who owns the place doesn't actually cut hair much any more. (He's only in one day a week and mostly just takes appointments with his long term ergulars.) A much younger man (I would put him in his late twenties) works every day and this is who trimmed my beard and cut my hair. He has a pretty impressive beard of his own although he did indicate I have the longest beard he has ever personally trimmed. Overall, I paid $40 for the trim and hair cut, but $6 of that was tip. I was pretty happy with that.
I enjoyed the process. Sat down in the chair and rather than just pulling out his scissors and/or clippers, he started with a lot of questions. When was my last hair cut? When did I start growing my beard out? What, if any, products do I use on the beard/mustache? Do I want a handlebar mustache? What do I want the beard to look like? I answered them all as best I could and told him ultimately I was here to see what a professional recommended I do. So here were his recommendations...
He said I ought to just continue to clip my own scalp every two months or so. With my thinning male-pattern baldness, there's not a lot of options for the dome. And he said I can cut it just as easy as he can and do so for less. He recommended I come in every six months to a year to tackle the beard and have him clean up the neck/ears area. As far as the beard goes, he left it almost as long as it was when I came in but shaped it a lot. It looks a lot cleaner, not scraggly. He narrowed it a lot, making it triangular. He did a LOT better trimming my mustache than I do. He also was able to clean up my neck in a way I just cannot even do since from my perspective it's under the beard. It's a very relaxing and enjoyable process - hot towel, blade shave. I'll definitely be back.
 After living with the beard for a week, I think next time I go in I'm going to have him widen and round the bottom more. A little more Santa Claus and a little less pointy viking. While I think the pointier beard does a good job of making my face look longer and thinner, it ends up making my belly look bigger.