The Glama Gal Tween Spa Story
How it all began at Glama Gal Tween Spa. In 2006, sisters Laura and Josie Cannone were in Bridal blitz mode, planning a wedding shower for Laura. Un-beknownst to Laura and Josie, this was the beginning of something truly Spa-tacular. In addition to the social activities planned for their guests at the shower, these sisters decided to set-up a spa themed activity for their little lady guests to partake in. They decided on setting up a “mini- mani table” and “create your own lip gloss craft”. This event station was the talk of the bridal shower and before they knew it they were being asked by relatives to host birthday parties with the same activities. Then and there, in a moment they now call “the glam epiphany,” the inspiration for Glama Gal was born.
After 2 years and hundreds of mobile-at home spa birthday services, Laura and Josie realized it was time to find a permanent home for Glama Gals. In 2008 the Glam Sisters created the first ever Tween Spa for girls in Vaughan, Ontario. This 2500 square-foot tween spa and party studio would be host to birthday parties, a full-service spa for walk-in services, and a venue for girls to participate in monthly motivational workshops.
By 2011, the Glama Gals hosted over 5,000 spa parties and painted over 50,000 mini hands and toes. Their methods of entertaining children, providing good quality services and teaching girls that true inner beauty comes from within, was taking the North American tween community by storm. In 2011, sisters Laura and Josie opened the doors to their second location in Durham, Ontario. In 2013, like-minded entrepreneurs approached Laura and Josie about franchising opportunities, prompting the sisters to franchise their first and largest franchised location in Downtown Oakville.
Currently, Glama Gals Tween Spa has 9 locations across Ontario with more to come. Each franchise owner is part of the Glam Family and shares in the same goals and visions for this brand – Be Confident! Be Positive! Be YOU! Recognizing that girls experience societal pressures from peers, television, and social media, Glama Gals cultivates an accepting culture whereby girls are empowered and celebrated for who they are. Glama Gals achieves this goal by offering themed spa services that are all about affirming a tween girl’s positive spirit. With themed services such as the, “BE Unique Party Package” or the, “BE You Spa Day”, every girl’s individuality is celebrated.
Glama Gals hosts free monthly workshops where girls learn effective strategies to assist with bullying, self-esteem, and maintaining friendships. The Glama Gals have also partnered with the local Girl Guide and brownie unit, coaching girls towards achieving their feel good badge. Glama Gals also organizes a yearly Sick Kids Pajama Party, whereby Glama Gals gathers tween clientele to assist in a day at the hospital to provide services to young female hospital patients.
As an award winning franchise, receiving the honourable PTPA Award (Parent Tested Parent Approved), we currently bring out the best in girls at 9 locations across Ontario.
We are Glam-bassadors of positivity, encouraging girls develop their confidence by discovering their inner beauty and full potential. Our self-esteem workshops have assisted thousands of girls with becoming self-advocates for anti-bullying awareness. Each day, our inspiring Glama Gal staff make it their mission to empower girls to make a positive change in their world. It’s our pinky promise!