GRAND RAPIDS, MI — One-year-old Chase Adams piloted a fighter jet while getting a haircut Thursday at a new kids’ salon that created a fun environment for experimenting with cool chairs at video games.
Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids, located at 2359 Health Dr. SW in Wyoming, had its grand opening last Saturday, showing all its bells and whistles.
“That’s the biggest thing we’re trying to create here at Sharkey’s, it’s a fun atmosphere, a fun experience for kids to get a haircut and for parents to like to bring their kids,” said Emily Tornblom, co-owner of Sharkey’s Cuts. for kids.
Upon first entering the business, black and white checkerboard floors brighten the room with neon green, pink and purple walls matching each decorated station.
Character cars are the lounge chairs. Besides the fighter plane, there is a fire truck and a police car. There are Xboxes and PlayStations to play for free while you wait, plus flat-screen TVs with access to ESPN, Disney+ and Hulu. If you need an extra treat, the lounge also offers an extra serving of Dippin’ Dots.
Adriana Jarvis, Chase’s mother, was thrilled to come check out the new hair salon, following her stylist to her new location.
“Having the different character cars during his haircut was a nice distraction, better than just having TVs like elsewhere. I probably won’t be able to get him out of there because he loves it,” she said on her Jan. 27 date.
The full-service salon is not only for children, but also cuts their parents’ and teens’ hair. There is also a manicure and pedicure station and ample vanity space for unique styling additions.
Tornblom said the company donates a percentage of each service fee provided to a local nonprofit, including Kids’ Food Basket, HUGS Ranch and Artists Creating Together. She said they would look at quarterly revenue from those donations.
“We’ve had tremendous success over the past few days of activity,” Tornblom said. “We have wonderful staff with years and years of experience, and two of these stylists specialize in care services for children with special needs.
So if you have a child or a child who needs a little extra time and care with their haircut to make them feel a little more comfortable, we have those options available.
Initially, Tornblom and her husband, Jeff, wanted to be more involved with their community, neighbors and co-owners Tara and Mitch Starback.
After several social picnics and happy hours, the couple began working with their neighbors on a business opportunity.
“My husband and I had just taken our two-year-old boy for his first haircut, and the closest place to go was on the other side of town, either on the northeast or southeast side. of the city,” Tornblom said. “Why not bring something like this to our community that we love, allowing other families to give their kids a fun haircut experience.”
While exploring opportunities, Tornblom said she was inspired by the fast-growing franchise Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids when it came to giving back to the local community.
“For the three organizations we partner with, we have three boxes set up on our reception desk for parents and children to get a token,” Tornblom said. “They can choose which nonprofit they want their token to go to, and then that token represents a monetary value that we’ll pay out quarterly to those nonprofits.”
With mom, daughter, dad, and son packages, parents can come and enjoy a day with their kids getting a haircut at the same time for more of an experience than just a haircut.
“We also do birthday parties, which would be a fun option for girls and boys to get glam and decorated,” Tornblom said.
In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, the salon offers masks for adults and children at the entrance if necessary. In addition, all stations have disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizers.
Business hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
To schedule an appointment or learn more about the show, such as costs or partnering with local organizations, visit their website or call (231) 637-8911.
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