By Peter Saunders On December 3, 2012, the first Taylor and Colt ‘barber spa’ franchise opened in downtown Toronto. This new concept was developed by the same franchisor behind Trade Secrets, a well-established chain of beauty stores. This time, the targeted customer base is all-male and there is a much greater emphasis on services than on products.
By Peter Saunders Colleen Cole founded a basement-waterproofing business in Dartmouth, N.S., in 1978 with her husband Bill and after a period of steady growth, they began franchising in 1990. Now, as the company’s owner, president and CEO, she has recently supervised a major rebranding of the Perma-Dry system, including the revamping of its business model.
By Peter Saunders What he does: Calgary-based Greg Brown recently became a franchisee for Granite Transformations, which services homes and businesses by remodelling their kitchen and bathroom countertops.
By Peter Saunders After a 25-year career with the Royal Canadian Navy, Chris Audet became a franchisee for Wild Bird Centers, a U.S.-based retail system specializing in birdseed blends, feeders, nest boxes, bird baths, field guides, binoculars and other products for the backyard birding enthusiast. His territory is Langford, B.C., where he was already living with his wife and children when his military service ended.
By Peter Saunders When Mark Shannon was growing up in Sudbury, Ont., he expressed an early enthusiasm for working on cars. His first part-time, after-school job was at a Texaco service station, where his duties included changing tires. As a young driver, he also built a reputation that would foreshadow his future career with Fine Details, a car-cleaning franchise system.
By Peter Saunders Canada is a crowded, highly competitive market for coffee shops and cafés, but Aroma Espresso Bar has found success recently with an international twist. Over the past four years, this franchise system—based on a popular chain in Israel that specializes in European and Mediterranean fare—has been embraced throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
By Peter Saunders At the beginning of 2011, the name ‘Woody’s Bar-B-Q’ was completely unfamiliar to most Canadians, other than snowbirds. Over the course of the year, however, the slow-cooking food-service franchise has achieved rapid growth on this side of the border.
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