A new hair salon and barber shop has opened in downtown Orillia.
Fabstyle owner Emily Baker has been in the industry for 28 years but this is the first time she’s owned her own shop.
“We have two apprentices here that I am teaching,” she explained. “My business is based on mentorship. I’m constantly teaching my staff and improving their skills.”
Baker views her business as an opportunity to pass the torch from what she has learned over the years. She named her new shop after her mentor, Fabio Sementilli.
“He introduced me to the show industry in hairdressing,” she said. “I had the opportunity to do New York Fashion Week, and I was an artist with the Wella Company for 15 years.”
She has decided it’s time to pay it forward as Sementilli would commonly do with young, up-and-coming professionals.
While there are plenty of hairdressers in town, Baker would rather work with the competition than against it.
“We are really trying to break that barrier everybody has in town where everybody has to compete with one another,” she said. “We really should be working together. There are enough clients for everyone.”
Fabstyle recently teamed with stylists from Sharp Image Salon and Spa and Avaia Salon to provide haircuts for people experiencing homelessness in Orillia and area.
Baker says she is on a mission to change the way business is conducted in the hair industry, and to do so she feels her shop needs to be different. That is why she has incorporated a barber shop into the business.
“I added that in because I saw the potential in our