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Bob + Paige Salon

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on December 2, 2011

Bob and Paige TorontoBob + Paige has opened a second salon just minutes from its original. [Update: The original location has now been closed and the salon now has only this one location. To view comments about their salon services be sure to check out the thread here.]Now, admittedly, I know nothing about what it takes to run a successful business, but you would think once one conquers a neighbourhood, he or she would move onto the next. But co-owner Violet tells me that was never the intention.

"We were actually hoping to get a spot next door upstairs," she tells me as we sit by the gorgeous bay windows in the new Danforth space. Violet and her business partner, Frank, opened the first Bob + Paige in 2009 at Danforth and Chester. Then, eight weeks ago, came the second--a brighter, larger space just a couple blocks west.

Bob and Paige Toronto"We were literally running out of space," Violet says. "There were not enough chairs and too many personalities in one small space."

"But we wanted to keep that 'boutique' feel," she continues. "So rather than move to a larger place, we wanted to create a sort of expansion."

The new Bob + Paige isn't exactly a carbon copy of the old, and has a much more open, modern feel. Still, there are vintage touches throughout including old wooden crates hiding toilet paper in the bathroom and a rusted shopping cart filled with ornaments for the holidays.

Bob and Paige Toronto"Frank is the entrepreneur of the team," Violet says when I ask how the salon got its start. "I'm just the hard worker."

Violet says that she and Frank met working at a salon in Thornhill, and Frank eventually approached her with the idea of opening their own place. Despite first-time customers calling in asking for a cut or colour by senior stylist "Bob" or "Paige," you'll find no one at either salon by that name.

"They're names of haircuts," Violet says, and I suddenly feel very daft. "We didn't want to use our names; we're a team, really."

Bob and Paige TorontoViolet, who is currently wearing an electric, very Vidal-esque pageboy cut, says they do anything and everything at the salon(s), from trendy teen cuts, to "yummy mummies," and sophisticated businesswomen. "Each stylist," she says, some of whom have moved to the new salon and some have stayed at the old, "has their own style."

Cuts at Bob + Paige range from $50-$70 depending on the stylist ($35-$45 for men), and colour, which is determined by length, ranges from $70-$90 for a full head of colour and $110-$120 for highlights.

Bob and Paige TorontoPhotos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

16 Comments

Tatyana McNamara / December 4, 2011 at 02:21 am
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Gongrats Aunt Violet.

Love you,

Tatyana
Susie / December 4, 2011 at 09:55 pm
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Congrats!!!

Love the new bob + Paige salon
Tatyana McNamara / December 6, 2011 at 07:39 pm
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gonrats auntie violet about your second salon



good luck!!!!!!!!!
tatyana
Rita / December 24, 2011 at 01:13 pm
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Very happy for U, Violet. Take care and good luck.HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!
JANE" / May 20, 2012 at 10:40 am
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WILL NEVER GO TO THIS SALON AGAIN , THEY DO NOT LISTEN TO WHAT YOU WANTJANE" /THIS CHICK TOTALLY MESSED UP MY HAIR , SHE DID NOT GIVE ME ENOUGH OPTIONS WITH COLOR, AND DID NOT USE AND APPLY THE SHADES AS I ASKED,SHE JUST MIXED WHAT SHE THOUGHT BEST, MY HAIR IS SO LIMP , AFTER THIS AND I HAVE HAD THE SAME PRODUCT DONE TO MY HAIR OVER 3 TIMES AND THE ONLY THING THAT SOMETIMES HAPPENED WAS IT WAS TOO DARK ( BUT HELL IT DID NOT CHANGE THE TEXTURE OF MY HAIR, IT WONT EVEN HOLD A CURL WITH THE IRON I NOW HAVE TO WAIT TILL THIS CRAP FADES, THEY ARE ONLY NICE WHEN YOU LET THEM DO WHAT THEY WANT!! WHAT A WASTE OF 100 DOLLARS
Stacey / November 2, 2012 at 05:38 pm
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LOVE bob and paige! Great environment and friendly staff!
I always get tons of compliments on my hair and have referred many family and friends who have become bob and paige believers themselves!!
Alexandra / November 6, 2012 at 10:46 am
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I've been a customer of Bob + Paige since they opened their first salon at Danforth and Chester. I can say without hesitation that it's one of the best salons in the city. The salon as a space is open and relaxing, the staff make you feel at ease, and my stylist, Morgan, is professional, attentive and very creative. I have thick poker straight hair that's extremely difficult to cut (yes, straight hair can be difficult). From long sweeping layers to short sleek pixie cuts, Morgan always gives me a cut that works well with my hair type and personal sense of style. Best of all, I always receive compliments on my hair, even when I'm due for a trim or full cut. I would definitely recommend Bob + Paige and Morgan as a stylist.
Doug / November 23, 2012 at 04:12 pm
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I love bob + paige. The staff is fabulous (especially the girl with red hair who washes your hair) and the stylists are amazing. Joey is the absolute best, though. He got my personality the first time I met him and I refuse to get my hair cut by anything else than his godly hands.

(besides they always give me delicious teas and coffees so I might be biased.)
Alison / January 22, 2013 at 07:04 pm
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LOVE Bob+Paige! The new girl Nicole, squeezed me in last minute and gave me an amazing color. I would definitely recommend checking this place out!
Melanie / April 8, 2013 at 05:53 pm
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I absolutely love Bob & Paige. The staff are extremely professional, very friendly and attentive to your needs. Contrary to what one of the other reviewers had to say, I have never had a bad haircut or colour at this salon. I have been to see Tony and Joey, and both hairstylists do exceptional work. They take pride in their work and they really listen to what the client wants and take the time to explain what they are going to be doing with your hair. In addition to this, Frank and Violet very humble co-owners. They are not pretentious - they genuinely care about the clients who patronize their salon.

The staff at Bob & Paige really get along well with each other and that level of camaraderie is really nice to witness.

I have gone to numerous salons, north of the city and in the city and I can truly vouch for the excellent work that they do. Great service, great attitudes and all around great people!

I've been meaning to write this review for three years, and I am glad that I've finally taken the time to do it.
Ginette Morin / July 23, 2013 at 07:09 pm
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After 'researching' I decided to give this salon a try BIG BIG mistake - Violet destroyed my hair - she was more interested in talking with the client next to me It will take me MONTHS before I can fix this ! Stay away from this place !
Ginette / August 9, 2013 at 07:57 am
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I still can't get over how Violet ruined my hair - she wrote to me 'Wait a few days & I'm sure you'll love it!' I waited a
LONG 6 WEEKS to have another haircut and I am told that it will take at least another 3 months to be back to 'normal'
Violet shared with me that she only drinks 'VEUVE'(like in champagne...)well she better shape-up and take more workshops before she ends up drinking tap water on EI !
Gwen / May 15, 2014 at 09:12 pm
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I went to bob and paige salon for the first time yesterday to have my hair cut and colored. I had been referred to the salon by a friend who has been going for years and can't say enough good things about the salon and stylists.
I have to say she was 100% right, I saw Frank who is one of the owners he was very professional and friendly and clearly new his stuff! I had a great scalp massage from Alicia and left the salon feeling and looking fabulous!
I will definitely be returning and recommending the salon to all my friends and family.
Jenny H. / July 4, 2014 at 01:34 am
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I was referred to Bob and Paige by a friend and went early this year for the first time.
My hair cut was done by Tony and he did an excellent job, I will recommend this place
to anyone. You have to make an appointment in advance as there salon seem to be
always fully booked.

AntoinetteS / July 6, 2014 at 09:26 pm
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Bob and Paige is an amazing salon with very talented staff. Violet is an amazing colourist and stylist and she was born with a gift to do hair. I believe she is the reason my hair is so healthy and uses the gentlest products and techniques to ensure I have the most stylish looks. Violet and Frank must've been born the golden scissors in their hands. I am fortunate to have found them many years ago and will continue to be a devoted client. The staff are warm and friendly and dedicated to pleasing customers and take pride in their work. Thank you Bob and Paige for many great dos and memories xxxooo
camie / July 14, 2014 at 09:47 pm
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I was slightly disappointed when I went to this salon. I got my prom hair done here. All I got done was a pretty simple braid with some height on the crown of my head and they charged me an arm and a leg. It was about $120 and they didn't even wash & blow-dry my hair!!! It looked pretty good but not worth the price. Don't think I'll be going back anytime soon!

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