Hair saloon revs up
It's a hair salon for folks who love Harleys and hot rods.
By Hank Daniszewski, Free Press Staff
[ 2009-08-26 ]
Photo by Sue Reeve
Tom Termeer, seen here with son Zack, 10, runs garage-themed Chopped and Lowered Haircutters at 1815 Dundas St. E.
Tom Termeer integrated his passion for all things automotive with the recent opening of Chopped and Lowered Haircutters. "I'm a gearhead -- I've been spinning wrench on cars since I was 12." Termeer started cutting hair after high school because of a scarcity of automotive apprenticeships.
He later worked at Accuride and the Sterling truck plant for 15 years while maintaining his collection of cars and motorcycles and attending car shows. Now he is back to cutting hair and fulfilling his dream of creating a cool hair-cutting place. "Where else can you go and read Hot Rod magazine, listen to AC/DC and get your hair cut? Nowhere!"
The shop at 1815 Dundas St. E. has a garage theme. Car seats serve as couches for waiting customers and automotive toolboxes hold the trimmers and scissors. The walls display autographs from Tim Allen, Jay Leno and Elvis Presley's barber. Termeer has sold off his automotive "toys" to invest in the shop, but he's still a regular at car shows and cruise nights. He is also looking for three licensed stylists to rent chairs in his shop for $150 a week.
ISP CANADA EXPANDS
ISP Canada Inc. is under new ownership and expanding the services it offers. After 15 years, Tom Larsen has taken over the business from his brother, Arne. ISP Canada provides full Internet and IT services for small-and medium-sized businesses. The company's technicians also offer full PC clean-up, repair and upgrades for home and business customers. For rural customers now depending on dial-up Internet service, ISP offers a high-speed wireless service that can greatly improve the speed and quality of Internet access. ISP also is entering the closed-circuit security camera market. The company now installs and services CCTV systems that can be monitored from anywhere with an Internet connections and deliver e-mail alerts or alarms about intrusions or suspicious activity.
LITTLE GYM WINS BIG AWARD
Ed and Mari Hughes, owners of the Little Gym in north London have been recognized with a President's Circle award from the parent company. The award was presented at an annual gathering of franchise holders from around the world. The Little Gym offers a curriculum-based program of gymnastics and dance, and sports skill for children to promote coordination balance and flexibility. The award recognized quality of classes and curriculum, cleanliness and customer service that has allowed the business to maintain an enrolment of more than 650 students the last year. The owners purchased the franchise in 2004 after having children of their own and being dissatisfied with the quality of programs available for new parents. They opened a second location in south London in 2008. The Arizona-based chain has more than 300 locations, including 14 in Canada.
ARCHIE, VERONICA TOASTED
L.A. Mood Comic and Game shop on Dundas St. celebrated the impending marriage of comic book icon Archie. On Wednesday customers got a sample of Grand Marnier strawberry wedding cake prepared by Cakewalkers. The shop was celebrating the arrival of Archie No. 600, in which the perennial playboy finally proposes to longtime girlfriend Veronica Lodge.
MOBILITY 1ST ROLLS AHEAD
A London company is rolling ahead by solving mobility issues for their customers. Founded in 2005 by Shawn and Robins Stevens, Mobility 1st Ltd. has opened a new store in Northland Mall. The Stevenses started the company after facing challenges finding quality, affordable mobility solutions for member of their own family. Starting out as a home-based business, the company imported scooters and other medical equipment from a Chinese manufacturer. The company shared a small office space in Ingersoll for a while before moving to Northland Mall in London. Mobility 1st Ltd. is now the sole Ontario distributor for the Wisking Group and provides wide range of electric scooters, power wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, and rollators. Mobility 1st focuses on affordability with prices starting at $139 for a rollator and $995 for a scooter. The store has a licensed Class A mechanic on site to assemble and test all equipment. Mobility 1st is expanding into bath equipment, accessible ramps, a variety of manual wheelchairs and walkers.
WELLNESS CENTRE OPENS
After five years of working in a home-based counselling practice, Elizabeth Lacey has opened Oakridge Counseling & Wellness Centre. The full service wellness centre, which combines counselling with stress reduction programs, yoga, and registered massage therapy, has a facility at 759 Hyde Park Rd., Unit 254. An open house will be held Sept. 16, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For the last 15 years, Lacey, a social worker/therapist and relationship specialist has worked with individuals, families, and couples in private practice, with Children's Aid, and with Family Services Thames Valley. The centre offers counselling for individuals and couples, the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, registered massage therapy, and yoga classes in their in-house yoga studio led by well-known certified yoga instructor Catherine Heighway, Jennifer Epp, and Colleen Tiltman. For details, visit www.oakridgecounselling.com.
PALIANI GETS TOP STATUS
London dentist Bruno Paliani is designated as an Invisalign Premier Provider, a status achieved by the top 5% of Invisalign practitioners. Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that straightens teeth using a series of clear aligners. Paliani practices at an office on Fanshawe Park Rd.