Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur is Tyler Moore, who stepped away from his former management position to take a risk and start his own salon, which now boasts two locations in Toronto, celebrity clientele, and one of the top reputations in the industry…
Describe what you do in less than 140 characters. Go.
I run Parlour Salon and its two successful locations in Toronto on either side of the downtown core — one on Queen East and one on Ossington.
What was the inspiration for your career route?
My inspiration, more or less, came from working in the industry for years before opening my own salon. I managed a large downtown salon for some time and then thought, “Hey, I can do this better!”
What is the most memorable milestone in your career so far?
A memorable milestone in my career thus far has been the opening of Parlour Salon’s second location in the beautiful Beaches area of Toronto. I love being a part of the Beaches community.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years?
In five years I hope to have two franchised locations, and in 10 years I would like to have five. In 20 years, I just hope to be enjoying life!
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
My advice for young professionals is simple: focus. Having focus and a vision will take you far.
Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is it (or they) important to you?
Parlour Salon has supported many charities. One in particular is CAMH, which is near our Ossington location. Mental health and addiction has indirectly or directly touched us all, which is something I’ve experienced more and more while taking care of a large family of employees. Additionally, we put a lot of effort into being eco-friendly where we can by using environmentally safe products and donating hair clippings to Matter of Trust, which is a non-profit organization that creates hair-filled mats to combat oil spills.
What is one major challenge that you’ve had to overcome in your career? How did you overcome it?
My greatest challenge was buying out the partners that I had when Parlour first opened. I really like the idea of partners and being collaborative, but I realized it was very important to find partners that have the same goals as you.
Notable means hearing a name and recognizing it immediately as something memorable or exceptional. I want people to hear “Parlour Salon” and know it as a really great place.
Where is your favourite place to wine/dine in your city and why?
Sweaty Betty’s. It’s a staple on the Ossington strip. I love it.
What’s the most visited website on your Internet browser? The most played song on your phone?
Honestly, my most visited website is my online banking accounts and I almost never play music on my phone. I like playing really chill music in the salon.
Who’s one person you think everyone should be following on social media?
Nerdist… because I’m a nerd.
What’s your favourite country to visit and why? And what’s the next one you plan on travelling to?
Warsaw is one of my favourite places, but I’m not much of a traveller. That being said, I would love to see the art in Italy.
What gives you the greatest FOMO?
I hate missing music festivals. We do great festival hairstyles at the salon and they always look so fun, but I never actually go to the festivals.
What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
My guilty pleasure is a midnight snack of brick cheese.
What’s something you wish you didn’t spend so much money on? What’s something you wish you spent more on?
I wish I didn’t spend so much money on parking in the city. If I had more money to spend, I would spend it on my business and invest in making it even better.
And finally, what does success look like to you? Work, play, or otherwise…
Success means being able to what you want, when you want to do it.