Recently my 23-month-old grandson Ryan was going to get a haircut. I was invited to come along to see this new place for kids haircuts! This is not your standard barbershop or salon. Upon walking in, this is a kid’s haven for fun! Toys to play with, Xbox games, cartoons on TV’s at each station! A great idea are the chairs which are the tiny cars that kids love to drive!
They can sit in a police car, a Frozen Jeep or a Lightning McQueen from the movie “Cars”! A creative way to distract small kids having their first haircut experience. The kids receive a certificate for their 1st haircut, a nice touch!
There’s also a “Glamour/Tween Lounge” for birthday parties or a fun day of dressing up. Princess costumes for the girls. A great fun way for teens to have a makeup party, get their hair and nails done. Sharkey’s doesn’t do just kids either, they do adult cuts as well and have a regular salon chair for you to sit in. You can also do a mom and daughter day of pampering. Dad and son can come in for identical haircuts!
According to their Facebook Page their mission states, “At Sharkey’s we aim to create an entertaining experience for kids and families by providing quality haircuts in a fun atmosphere.”
Sharkey’s has been listed on the Top 100 franchises by Entrepreneur Magazine for the last 3 years running! They were started by Linda and Scott Sharkey in 2002. Of course, with the name Sharkey, their logo is a smiling shark! They are located in 21 states, Canada and the United Kingdom. In Bradenton, they are located at 1841 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. You can make an appointment online at www.sharkeyscutsforkids.com and click on the Bradenton location. There is also a Tampa location. A fun, memorable way for your child to get a haircut!
Photos courtesy of Sharkey’s website and Vicky Sullivan / Rock the Lens Photography.