Posted by: Kristy | September 20, 2009

Bringing high fashion to Ohio

So here it is — the reason you have been achingly missing my presence, oh blogosphere. When I say it’s time I hire and assistant I’m not even being facetious. Maybe I used to be, but not anymore. For nearly two months I was in the throes of planning our grand opening event — yes, eight months after we opened for classes. It’s just the way things are done in business. Or maybe it’s just the hair industry. Regardless, I was charged with planning, executing and hostessing THE party of the summer around here.

After days of planning, stressing, organizing, meeting, swearing, crying, celebrating, purchasing, lying with my head on The Boy’s lap whining and moaning and complaining and stressing while he said, “It’ll be great, babe. You’ll see.” … I pulled it off. Well, we pulled it off, because it truly was a group effort.

Yeah, we rock. No denying it.

Here’s the press release I wrote after our Grand Opening. My favorite part is the photographs! Our students are so attractive and, well, awesome. 🙂

The glitz, glamour and energy predominantly found on London, Paris and Milan catwalks hit Toledo this week during the TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy’s Grand Opening.

Photo by Diana Blackford Photography

Photo by Diana Blackford Photography

The Sept. 17 event included a fashion show showcasing work by the academy’s more than 20 students. Models from John Casablancas Modeling and Personal Development Service displayed hair cuts, colour techniques and styles by TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy students highlighting a range of styles from urban street looks to classic glamour. Cache provided dresses and jewelry for the show as models strutted across the stage to music spun by DJ Andy Hochmuth.


Hottttt. (Photo by Diana Blackford Photography)

Eight months after the academy held its first class on Jan. 5, this month’s grand opening event celebrated another milestone in the company’s 40 year history as the Toledo location became the ninth academy nationally. TONI&GUY Academies are constantly evolving artistically and commercially, offering the best in education and dynamic image. The TONI&GUY name is known worldwide and strives to assist all hairdressers to attain a fulfilling career in the hair industry. The unique design of every TONI&GUY Academy simulates a salon atmosphere, giving the student and client the feeling of walking into a high-end salon.

The more than 250 people in attendance included members of the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce, area stylists and salon owners and local business professionals. The event began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside the academy.

09-09-17 TONI&GUY Ribbon Cutting Post-cut

Those in attendance showed off their red carpet poses at the entrance photo shoot area, and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and a wine bar, staffed by Brennan J. Stanford Bartending Service. A cake donated by Wixey’s Bakery featured a snapshot of the student body, complimented by coffee donated by Caribou Coffee. The more than 13,000 square-foot salon environment was dressed in Asian-chic flower arrangements of blood-red Gerbera daisies by Hafner Florist.

Some of the flower arrangements

Some of the flower arrangements

09-09-17 Flower arrangements

We had an ice sculpture that looked like hair cutting shears!

We had an ice sculpture that looked like hair cutting shears!

TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy Chief Operating Officer Kenny Gibson, who traveled from Santa Monica, Calif., to attend the grand opening, said he is confident in Toledo managers Bob and Karen Reichardt’s ability to help bring a higher level of education to the hair design industry in Toledo and beyond. He said the Reichardts’ more than 25 years as business owners will lend itself to promoting and maintaining TONI&GUY’s cultural alignment standards as strategic partners.

09-09-17 Kenny speech

09-09-17 Kenny talks with Brian C

Photo by Diana Blackford Photography

The Toledo TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy has grown from two students and two educators in January to include more than 25 students and six educators, as well as four additional staff and administrators.

“The chance to bring a business of this caliber to the Toledo area is phenomenal,” TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy Recruiting Director Kristin Reichardt said. “TONI&GUY stylists are known around the world for being trend setters in the hair design industry, and we look for students with passion and ambition who will continue to push the envelope and become the best they can within their careers.

09-09-17 TONI&GUY Students Group Shot

Photo by Diana Blackford Photography

“Tonight was a fantastic chance to show the community the caliber of students at TONI&GUY and to invite the public to participate in our drive to bring heightened energy, fashion and professionalism to Toledo and the Midwest as a whole,” she said. “We look forward to becoming a pivotal member of cultural activity in the area.”

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  1. you ROCK! i can’t believe it! that looks like such a cool, put-together event! and did i mention you looked gorg?

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