In college I was marketing and business major and always had kind of an entrepreneurial spirit. I didn’t know what the business would be, but I knew someday I would have my own business of some sort. I spent the next 20 years in corporate America in different fields. My wife and I have twin sons, one with special needs, and when they were three we had challenges getting haircuts – lots of screaming and it was difficult at best. After one experience, the hair stylist said “You need to go to a kids hair salon.” She explained what that was and said there wasn’t one in this part of Denver. The light bulb kind of turned on but I didn’t do anything about it for about a year.
The light bulb started getting brighter and brighter and I thought “Someone needs to open one of those on this side of the Denver metro area. It’s ripe for it. I’ve lived here my whole life and think it would do great as long as you do a good job, and it’s nearly risk free.” I secretly had this in my mind and had that conversation with my wife, who at first thought I was nuts, but I was able to talk her into it. I said I would keep my full-time job in corporate America and we would get a manager. It’s not far from the house, it’s kids haircuts, and it’s family friendly so we could bring our kids.
I knew I wanted to do a franchise because I wasn’t familiar with this type of business. I wanted a franchise that was supportive and provided direction, but was not controlling. I did some research online and looked at another franchise, but the concepts didn’t fit quite right. I loved the look of the salon, the website, the logo, and the way they were communicating. Once I talked to Wade and his support team, that solidified the decision for me. I found a great fit with Pigtails & Crewcuts. They are very supportive, honest, and caring. It’s been six and a half years now and I have two locations. It’s a rewarding business opportunity that allowed me to retire from corporate America about four and a half years ago.