zoey + joey

. December 3, 2012.
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It was a business plan sparked by a child’s haircut: Ilza Meija Ham was looking for a local kids’ salon, with no luck. “I knew Ann Arbor was such a family-oriented town,” Ham says, “I couldn’t get over the fact that we didn’t have a kids’ hair salon here.” She spent a few frustrating years trekking to Canton when her
kids needed cuts, until Ham, formerly a lawyer, decided to fill the void herself. “My husband convinced me to come up with my own concept,” Ham says. “After much research and determination, zoey + joey was born.”

The zoey + joey concept is all about “green” grooming — non-toxic and vegan products, good for kids with allergies because they’re peanut, gluten,
soy and dairy free. Young ones, up to 8 years old, get Mini Cooper car chairs and educational shows. Tweens and teens get big-kid chairs and kid-friendly shows, sports or video games. The sections are separated so each group watches age-appropriate programming.

Parents can relax with complimentary coffee or tea by their little one’s cutting station. Future plans include hosting small parties such as a mini spa day, princess party and tea party. They’re developing a “Baby’s First Haircut” package, too. “Mom can get a lock of the baby’s hair in a keepsake box and a picture to remember it by,” Ham says.

Prices start at $7 for a bang trim. 3260 Washtenaw Avenue (Arlington Square Plaza). 734-975-9400. zoeyjoeystudio.com. —KG