Friday, March 1 marks another milestone for Ellsworth native and entrepreneur Jeff Foley when he opens Sport Clips Haircuts in Hudson at 1049 Pearson Drive. The business is located between Orange Leaf Yogurt and the soon-to-be-opened Noodles & Co. restaurant.
Straight away, you know the franchise is serious about its sports motif and its target market -- men and boys. In the lobby, guests can watch a 65-inch television with surround sound while sitting in 15 stadium seats.
No need for an appointment as once you step on to the "cutting floor" which looks like the hardwood basketball is played on, you are in the hands of stylists who specialize in male hair care.
Sport Clips offers eight salon stations each with its own large flat screen television playing sports programing and four shampoo stations with special lighting and massaging chairs to promote relaxation.
Owner Jeff Foley, a 1988 Ellsworth High School graduate, studied applied mathematics and business management and graduated from UW-Stout. It was while he was in Texas on business that he bumped into Sport Clips. Foley worked for software services companies for nearly 10 years including ADP.
He left the corporate world in 2007 and after researching Sport Clips, which was founded in Texas in 1995, he purchased four licenses, convinced the franchise offered a solid business model.
He opened the first one in Eau Claire, near the mall area, the second one near Chippewa Falls,
(Lake Hallie), the third on the west side of Eau Claire and his fourth this week in Hudson. In the meantime, Foley opened one in Woodbury, built it up and sold it.
"It is one of the fastest growing franchises out there and somewhat recession proof," said Foley. "They are serving a market that needs it. Everything caters to guys." The Hudson store is number 1,020.
"We have a great foundation of managers and employees," said Foley, "That is where I pride myself, on service excellence. I treat my employees well. They are what make me successful. We are all in this together."
From the MVP experience which is a favorite because it includes a precision haircut, hot steamed towel treatment, massaging shampoo and a neck and shoulder massage to the best in the industry hair care products, Foley and his staff are intent on giving young and old an experience with a sports twist.
Another aspect is Foley's and the franchise's commitment to community service and support.
"We donate to almost every event when we are asked," said Foley, who help save the barber and cosmetology program at Chippewa Valley Technical College and bought the naming rights to their new state-of-the-art barber-cosmetology lab.
Friday, is opening day for the Sport Clips "season" in Hudson.
Sport Clips Haircuts is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (715) 808-0078 or go to www.haircutmenhudsonwi.com.