March 21, 2012 // Franchising.com // Houston, TX– Snip-its (www.snipits.com), one of the country’s fastest-growing chains of children’s hair salons, is opening in Houston, TX the weekend of March 23, 2012. Owned by local couple (and parents), Alane and Wesley Middleton, Snip-its will be the Houston metro area's fifth kids-only salon and will offer: haircuts; spa services; birthday parties; a retail space with hair care products, toys and accessories; and more. The grand opening will take place on Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 15 from 12 p.m. - 5p.m. at 1379 S. Voss Road, just behind Carrabba's. Children will enjoy music and games by Radio Disney, face painting, and more on Saturday, April 14 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.!
As part of its grand opening, Snip-its Houston will donate 15% of its proceeds from the grand opening weekend to Kids' Meals, Inc., a Houston not-for-profit that delivers meals to 1,400 pre-school aged children, living in poverty who are in need of food. Kids' Meals delivers nutritious meals directly to the homes of these hungry children, Monday through Friday, all year-round.
In addition to fundraising efforts for Kids' Meals, The Snip-its Corporation has partnered with the national Autism Speaks organization to create a haircutting guide for stylists and parents of children with autism. All of Snip-its' stylists are certified to work with children with special needs. Snip-its Houston will allow parents of children with special needs to make haircut appointments on an on-going basis (appointments generally are not accepted).
First launched in 1995 by founder Joanna Meiseles, Snip-its has since been revolutionizing the hair care industry by creating a branded entertainment concept designed to untangle the hair-care challenges of children. Currently, Snip-its has more than 60 locations in 26 U.S. states. This Houston location will be the twelfth location of this franchise in Texas.
With life-size characters, music and games, Snip-its has turned what was once a tedious chore into an amazing adventure, filled with fun, games and excitement. Upon entering the salon, parents and children step into a magical cartoon world of adventure characterized by floor-to-ceiling cartoon murals and vibrant splashy colors. In the waiting area, they can enjoy the Snip-its show, featuring a whimsical cast of cartoon characters; play with toys; or browse the retail space filled with a selection of natural hair care products, specialty toys and gifts, and hair and fashion accessories. Each cutting station includes a special parent chair, and an entertainment station featuring computer games and activities for the little ones. Upon completion of the haircut, children insert a lock of hair into the “Snip-its Magic Box” for a prize.
Snip-its Houston also offers a "baby's first haircut" package, which includes a special keepsake for that first lock of hair, a first haircut certificate, and a commemorative photo and holder.
In addition to hair care, the Houston location will offer spa services, such as mini-manicures, mini-pedicures and mini-facials using kid-friendly cosmetics and nail polish; birthday parties; and events. For birthday parties, children will be able to select from one of three fun-filled-themes, including:
Hollywood Glamour Party – This is for the little star who belongs on the red carpet. After the birthday child and his/her entourage get their movie-star makeover with a party hair style, make-up, nails and wardrobe, they take a walk down the red carpet while surrounded by paparazzi.
Spa Party – Pampered is the key word here. The birthday child and guests wear plush robes for an afternoon of cucumber facials, mini manicures and/or mini pedicures.
Rock Star Party – Kids dreaming of becoming the next Hannah Montana or Justin Bieber will love this party theme, which includes getting the “rock-star treatment” of a funky hairstyle, make-up, nails and accessories. The little Rock Star then jams to karaoke tunes with his/her biggest fans.
“Snip-its is about so much more than getting your haircut," said owner Alane Middleton. "It's about creating memorable experiences that will last a lifetime for these kids."
Snip-its, originally headquartered in Natick, Mass., was conceived by creator and founder Joanna Meiseles in 1995. In 2010, Snip-its relocated its headquarters to Eden Prairie, Minn., under the direction of President and CEO, James George, who has been involved in the franchise and hair salon industry for the past three decades. The five original Massachusetts locations have been joined by seven more locations for a total of 12 in Massachusetts and nearly 20 locations in New England. The chain has expanded nationally to approximately 60 salons in 26 states. Snip-its Corporation offers numerous franchise opportunities throughout the U.S. For further information, visit the website at www.snipits.com or call toll-free 877-SNIP-ITS.Snip