Samson’s Salon & Spa opened on March 8, 1988 with one talented and passionate employee – Doug Samson. We quickly became one of the top salons in Barrie, known for excellent results, sincere customer service and a down to earth attitude. In 1990, a second salon opened at the Georgian Mall and the ‘Samson’s Team’ grew to include 28 employees!
To showcase the incredible talent in Simcoe County, Samson’s established the first professional hairstyling competition north of Toronto. The “Excellence Cup Hairstyling Competition”, was professionally juried color & cut competition, developed and hosted in Barrie for seven years. All proceeds were donated to support the Women and Children’s Crisis centre in Barrie. This prestigious event was renamed “Hairapalooza” after it was sold to a international beauty care company. Under their direction, the event is now held in every major city across Canada!
Much has happened since that opening day in 1988, but our integrity, talent and business philosophy remain constant. Our approach has garnered many awards for business excellence, our customer service experience, top quality work and ‘favourite salon’ from many different sources. Constantly challenging our team to be the best they can be, means they never stop learning. We set high standards for our staff because we build long term relationships with our clients, and strive to ensure they always receive the best in service and talent!
Husband and wife team, Doug and Valerie Samson have received a number of personal acknowledgments for their ongoing charitable works and contributions to the hairstyling profession – Sebastian Personal Excellence (1992), Georgian College Distinguished Alumni Award (1996), Ontario Premier’s nominee (1997), Enrich International Humanitarian Award (2000), Schwartzkopf ‘Spirit of Professionalism’ (2003) and the ‘Claudio Perry Memorial Award for Charitable Accomplishments’ (2005). Samson’s was also awarded the ‘Top Choice Award of Excellence,” for business operations and customer service, (2008, 2011).
Working together and giving back to others through various fundraisers, donations and charitable events, is part of who we are at Samson’s. We are more than just another hairstyling business – we are a business with heartfelt purpose and an active member of our community.
These are some of the reasons Samson’s Salon & Spa has become an integral part of so many weddings, graduations, anniversaries and special occasions for over 25 years.
WE ARE an ethical, professional salon, building relationships and business through education and personal experiences.
WE BRING a sense of commitment and mutual understanding in achieving our mission.
WE HAVE a sense of fulfillment when making a difference in the lives of our clients.
WE WILL measure our success by the difference we make in the lives of our clients and our community, through communication, education and our interaction with others.
WE BELIEVE in the natural and unique beauty of every individual. “Our strength is your beauty.”