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Toronto gets first Taylor and Colt Barber Spa franchise

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.

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Women in Franchising: Colleen Cole and Perma-Dry

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.

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You’ve Got What It Takes: From the Navy to Wild Bird Centers

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.

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Fine Details’ Mark Shannon talks shop

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.

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