May 2, 2013


Owner of new hair salon has deep roots

After 45 years cutting hair, woman opens Guys and Dolls Salon on south Main Street

SalonBob Ellis/staff photographer
Sherry Spisak, owner of Guys and Dolls Salon on south Main Street in Cortland.

Staff Reporter

After 45 years cutting hair, Sherry Spisak is ready to start carving out her own salon that focuses on what she cares about — children.
“I used to be good with kids, but then I became a grandmother and now I’m fantastic,” Spisak said.
Her new business at 141 Main St., Guys and Dolls Salon, offers a small, movie-themed children’s salon in back of the building, complete with plastic paparazzi cutouts, costumes and toys to make haircuts fun. The salon serves both adults and children.
“My main thing, I don’t like kids to be fearful when they get haircuts,” Spisak said. “It takes the fear out.”
And the toys keep the older children entertained while their hair is cut, Spisak said, or while they wait for mom and dad.
“So it works out really well for everyone,” she said.
The salon opened March 27 and its grand opening will be 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Spisak has cut hair since 1968 and most recently spent 20 years at the King’s Den on Tompkins Street.
And this isn’t her first time on south Main Street — from 1980 to 1991 she worked next door to her new salon. She also had a children’s salon at the time where the current children’s salon is now, and the spaces were connected by a hallway.
“Well, I’ve been missing the kids salon for the whole 20 years I was out there,” Spisak said.
It took six weeks, working 10 to 12 hours a day, to set up the salon, she said, noting that she put most of the stations and the chairs together herself.
“For six weeks I got really tired of playing ‘Bob the Builder’ and not Sherry the hairdresser,” she said.
The adult salon also has new flooring and the children’s area was painted bright green.
Spisak’s husband, Joe Spisak, sparked the salon’s Hollywood theme when he suggested the name Guys and Dolls.
“I work with Guy (Passeri at the King’s Den), I’m a doll collector, it’s perfect,” Spisak said.
After that, Spisak hung posters of Marilyn Monroe and other actors on the wall, as well as famous movie quotes.


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