Many Burlington, Ontario children have had their first haircut at Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids! Not only is it a great salon, but it’s kid focused and family friendly. Sharkey’s has seen kids grow from baby, to toddler and even enter school. Those first haircuts have turned into back-to-school haircuts! momstown Burlington mamas love visiting Sharkey’s and we wanted you to meet the brand new owner of the salon – Ryan Buttaro! You’re sure to see him in the salon and around town – he’s an active member of our community! Plus he’s got some tips for your first haircut!! Here’s a new person in your neighbourhood:
President of The Buttaro Group and Owner/Operator of Sharkey’s Cuts for Kid’s
Tell Us About Your Family:
I have been married since 2005 to the person who really does make me a better person every day. Her name is Andrea and although we’ve been married since June 2005, we have actually been together since we met in High School in April 1996. We have two unbelievable and hilarious children. Tylerwill be turning 6 in November and Sophie has just turned 3 this past August. It’s become very apparent that Tyler shares the same traits as Andrea and Sophie shares mine. Tyler and Andrea both love the outdoors and getting out into nature (Andrea’s an Ecologist) while Sophie and I both share a tremendous passion for leisure. I think these differences in us really do create a complete family and although I probably don’t say it enough, I’m grateful for everything each one of them brings to my life on a daily basis.
Favourite Family Activity:
I don’t think we have one specific activity that is a family favourite. I think the best times we have are the unscheduled, relaxed times we share together. Whether we’re reading together at bed time or running around at the park across the street from us, we’re usually laughing and having fun.
Favourite Family Meal:
We love my mom’s perogies!!! Hands down, they are the greatest thing we’ve all ever eaten. It usually takes us about an afternoon to make them from scratch but once you’re done it’s well worth it. Now I have a craving for perogies.
New goal – teach Sophie and Tyler to make perogies for Andrea and I.
Best Board Game to Play with the Kids:
We like an old favourite – Candyland and a newer favourite – Cars Monopoly. I don’t know how Tyler does it but every time we play either game, he manages to escape defeat at the last moment and he always wins. It’s especially funny when we play the Cars Monopoly as instead of using dice to roll you spin Lightning McQueen around a numbered track to see how far you move your man. I try and be strategic and he just likes to see how fast he can make Lightning go and without fail he wins every time.
Best Place to shop for great deals:
I personally think the best thing to have when looking for a deal is patience. I would always be frustrated whenever I bought something and would ultimately find out that if I had waited a few days, I could have saved 30-50% on the same item. This will happen to me quite often come the holidays and I will always forget about the option to get a price adjustment later. I’ll have to get “Price Adjustment” or “P.A.” tattooed on me to remember. Andrea, on the other hand, has a sixth sense when it comes to shopping and can always find a deal.
Best Way to wind down after a long day with the kids:
In the winter Andrea and I are able to enjoy some hot chocolate to wind down after the kids are asleep. However, in the summer I find the best way to wind down is to go to sleep and get as much rest as possible because the activities and mayhem starts all over again the next day and it’s often an early start on the weekends.
What made you want to become the new owner of Sharkey’s?
I’ve wanted for some time to do something on my own after spending the past decade in the insurance industry. I didn’t want to do something just to do it and wanted something that I believed that I could make a difference with and I know I’ve found that with Sharkey’s. Whether we’re helping out with local fundraisers for various schools and sports teams, or whether we’re helping a specific cause, owning Sharkey’s has allowed our family to make a difference which is my number one goal.
The team we have at Sharkey’s is second to none. Typically at most children’s salon’s I’ve found that their staff has a combined 30-40 years of styling experience at most. At Sharkey’s our stylists have combined over 100 years of styling experience and believe me there is nothing we are not prepared for.
Best tip for parents when bringing their kids for their first haircut
Take a deep breath and try to relax. It’s very common that during a child’s first haircut that they will cry, scream, kick, bite and scratch. And it’s okay and completely normal. Often when we do a first haircut, parents will come and apologize afterwards for what they perceive as bad behavior from their child and we always try and let them know that everything is okay. Just try and have fun and make sure your camera battery is charged for lots of pictures and we’ll handle the rest. If you don’t have a camera handy, just let us know and we’ll take photos for you.
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