Salon Scavo: 40 Years in the Making

 

By Marylene Vestergom

Familiar Hair Salon Breathes New Life on Yonge

 

If you’ve spent any time in the Yonge and St. Clair neighborhood, you would be hard-pressed not to notice the area is going through a huge transformation.  New life is being pumped into this artery. Fortunately, some storefronts are remaining, including the hair salon owned by Gianfranco Scavo.  This year marks Gianfranco’s 40th year in this neighborhood and of styling beautiful, classical hair. His loyal clientele are breathing a collective sigh of relief that he’s staying put.

“Gianfranco has been a staple at this intersection for decades,” says Katie Fong, Director, Slate Asset Management L.P.  “He has had a tremendous career at this signature location, and we look forward to continuing our relationship for many years to come.”

At an early age, Gianfranco knew he wanted to be a stylist. “My father was very fashion forward, and I used to go with him to various unisex salons. I loved the atmosphere, and I knew I wanted that to be a part of my life.”  After completing extensive training, he perfected his skills as a junior stylist working alongside Fiorio founder, Maurice Fiorio.

Gianfranco Scavo, owner, Salon Scavo

Fast forward to today, and Gianfranco and his team of stylists operate one of the busiest and most respected salons in the city, measured not only by his clientele but his employees – past and present.  Gianfranco takes his responsibility as owner and mentor seriously and continually invests in educating his staff 24/7

General Manager and stylist Akjan Issabaev has been with Gianfranco for over 26 years. “He gave me my first job in this business, and I’ve never left. He is to be admired, especially the way he is with his clients and how he treats his staff.” Christina Thomaidis, Assistant Manager, agrees. “If someone in our ‘family’ hasn’t progressed, he feels he’s failed.” Former employee Peter Ciardulli of Calia Hair is one of many such success stories. He has fond memories working with Gianfranco.  “He always made you feel you were number one.  I still remember he’d say ‘treat others as you want to be treated,’ and I apply it to both staff and clients today!”

Gianfranco, in the thick of things, with his staff

Gianfranco has had the opportunity to hone his craft around the world, but this neighborhood is home, where he is close to his business and passion. Always at the forefront of the latest trends and techniques, Gianfranco is cutting hair right there side-by-side with his team. That’s what makes him loved by his employees and, yes, his clientele.  He’s shy about disclosing who walks through the doors, but he is the first to say, “The greatest pleasure I get is when we’re able to transform someone. Every person is a different canvas, and we have to understand that person’s hair and how it has to suit their lifestyle.”

Every person is a different canvas, and we have to understand that person’s hair and how it has to suit their lifestyle

GIANFRANCO SCAVO, OWNER, SALON SCAVO

Watching Gianfranco on the floor, you can’t help but notice the generosity he shows to his staff and clients. “This isn’t an easy profession,” he says, “but if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.”  That’s his secret — he is passionate about hair, his staff and his clientele.  They’ve been with him for so long, their children’s children are now sitting in the chairs.

On November 1st, Gianfranco renamed his business to Salon Scavo. It may have a new name and a new look, but as Gianfranco says, “Same passionate team.”

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