Silver Scissors Salon rises from the ashes after devastating fire
It takes a lot to keep Eli Saikaley down.
Not even a massive fire that wiped out two of his family businesses is enough to keep the Glebe businessman off his feet.
Just three months after losing everything at his Silver Scissors Salon on Bank Street, Eli Saikaley, his cousin Bruce and his wife Laila are resurrecting the business that has been a staple in the Glebe for more than three decades. Silver Scissors Salon has risen from the ashes.
While it was a challenging feat, Saikaley is happy to finally start turning the pages forward.
“Once we shook off our emotions and we moved forward, our battle was to save all our clientele,” said Saikaley, adding that he was able to retain about 80 per cent of customers at his Riverside Water Salon location over the past few months.
“This is the most challenging thing I have ever done in my life. After 36 years, we don’t deserve to start over. We are part of the Glebe, we are part of the community, it’s where we belong.”
While it was difficult for all the businesses that lost everything in the fire including Pizza Hut, Brown’s Cleaners, The Beaver’s Mug Café, Mac’s Milk and Saikaley’s son’s Encino Taco Shop, the support from the community was overwhelming. Within minutes, fellow Glebe business owners were donating up free office space and supplies, extending work opportunities to those who lost their jobs and offering emotional support. The generosity of the community isn’t surprising in the Glebe, but it didn’t go unnoticed.
“Just a big thank you for supporting us and for thinking of us and we hope to see you in our new store,” said Saikaley.
“We are excited to see our customers and any new customers we will accept them with open arms. Just come, we would love to see you.”
Silver Scissors Salon reopened Tuesday at 877 Bank Street in the Glebe. Visit the website at http://www.silverscissors.ca/