This past year has been challenging for business, particularly small business owners.  Last Friday I had the opportunity to tour Fantastic Sams and talk with owner Tania Rios.  Rios bought the business on January 20, 2020 and within two months they were closed due to the pandemic.  “The biggest lesson I learned as a result of the pandemic was to always save for a rainy day and to plan in advance that an emergency may happen,” stated Rios.

Rios, who has been an American Board-Certified Hair Colorist for over 21 years, is passionate about her profession.  “I enjoy the relationships that are created with clients.  Over the years, clients become family.  I enjoy it when someone, who just had their hair done, walks out of the business feeling empowered and happy, said Rios.

As I toured the business, it was evident that guidelines and protocols were being followed.  All stylists and clients were wearing masks and workstations were six feet apart.  There were multiple locations where hand sanitizer, wipes and rubbing alcohol was available.  Additionally, check in and check out was all done through technology.

Fantastic Sams is a full-service hair salon, providing professional color, haircuts, styling, updos, special occasion hair, highlights, facial waxing, treatment, perms, men’s cuts, kid’s cuts, women’s cuts, specialty color, beard trim and more.  All Fantastic Sams haircuts include a complimentary shampoo. 

The biggest challenge moving forward for Rios is two-fold.  “I would like to bring all employees back to work and at the same time I would like to remain financially sound,” said Rios.

I enjoyed my visit with Rios.  She is enthusiastic, passionate and a visionary.  The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce thanks Fantastic Sams for being a member.  The salon is located at 4952 W. 190th St., Torrance.

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