When Linda and Scott Sharkey took their kids to get haircuts in uninviting, unexciting salons, they felt there should be something better. So they set out to create a unique salon that caters to children of all ages. A place that is prompt for those on-the-go parents, fun and entertaining for their children, and reasonably priced for their wallets. Hence - Sharkey's Cuts for Kids was born October 1, 2002.
The first salon was a huge success and in 2004 they opened their second and third stores. The requests for franchises started to accelerate within months, and they then knew the business model was successful. In 2006, the first Sharkey's franchise was sold. In just two short years 20 more salons opened in the United States and Canada. As of Q1/2011 Sharkey's Franchising Company has global commitments for over 235 salons in the United States, Canada and Europe, making us the fastest growing children’s hair salon franchise.
Sharkey's is now the most innovative and entertaining salon for both boys and girls ages 0-14 around the globe. Our proven business models, which feature lower than average royalties and multiple revenue streams, give you the best opportunity for success. In summary, Sharkey's is:
A recession-proof industry
Hair care is a $55 billion per year industry. It is estimated that hair care for children makes up $5 billion of the market. According to the 2000 census, there are over 52 million children between the ages of 0 and 14 in the US and they average 8 haircuts per year. This is the Sharkey's Cuts for Kids target market. Children's hair salons and entertainment style hair cutting have recently begun to gain momentum and the growth rate is phenomenal. Sharkey's leads the industry, having overtaken its closest competitor in 2008 with the ranking of “Fastest Growing Children's Hair Salon” from Franchise Times.
Why Sharkey's could be right for you
We offer unsurpassed, dedicated franchisee support, including but not limited to the following:
Are you right for Sharkey's?
If you enjoy working with people, especially children, you want to own your own business and you are ready to take control of your future, well jump right in - you are just who we're looking for! Sharkey's brilliant formula for success is all about the multiple sources of revenue that flow through our shops daily (haircuts, birthday parties, merchandise, children's classes, "Kids Night Out" and more). International franchises, master franchises and special multi-unit packages are available for most countries and regions.