> Out and About: William Gleason

Out and About: William Gleason

Out and About: William Gleason
Some businesses begin as a dream. That's exactly how William Gleason started Hairdresser On Fire. Established on August 16, 2002, it is located at 176 Broad St. Services include, full highlighting, color services, permanents, keratin treatments, men's, women's, and children's haircuts, massage therapy, facial waxing.

All hair services include a consultation, shampoo and conditioning, stress relieving scalp, neck and shoulder massage, and your choice of a makeup touchup or a hand treatment.

William was born in Deep River and raised in Middletown. He attended high school in northern Maine. He then moved to Brigham City and Provo for a year. William was a missionary in Portugal for two years. Upon moving back to the US in 1994, he took up residence in Enfield, where he then attended the Connecticut Institute of Hair Design in East Hartford. Following training, he went to NYC where he worked for Sebastian International as an educator for a year. He moved back to Connecticut, taking up a job at Panache in New Haven, near Yale University. He then moved to Windsor, working at Cutting Edge for about a year. Following that, he opened up his own salon.

William says he wanted to be a hairdresser since he was five years old. It all started with wanting a Barbie Styling Head for Christmas. People informed him that wasn't going to happen because Barbie is for girls. Therefore, he never did get that gift. Yet, he was not deterred from his dream. Once he was done doing his missionary work in Portugal, he was determined to get his hairdressing license. Before that, he had wanted to work at a salon while in high school. His parents did not want him to as they were afraid what people would say. They told him to wait until he had graduated. "I just knew I wanted to be a stylist or do stuff for film and television." Later on, William answered many want ads. Employers wanted to hire him, but strictly on commission. "I couldn't make a living on commission because I had no clients." Linda at Cutting Edge here in Windsor offered William minimum wage, which he took and worked there for about a year.

Shortly afterward, William discovered a small salon called, Designs at 176 Broad St. The owner was giving up her business and leave for West Hartford. The space became available. William says, "I kind of wanted to branch out and see if I could run a business."

Hairdresser On Fire was born, and has since thrived for over sixteen years so far. The name derives from a song by British pop star, Morrissey.

William loves the town, "I fell in love with Windsor and I've never wanted to leave since. Instead of doing New York again, I settled for an awesome town." He notes that Windsor reminds him of the town he grew up in, Deep River. "I feel like, everybody whether you like it or not knows your business. Everybody knows each other. There's a certain amount of safety and security within that." He says he thinks Windsor is a diverse town.

He now lives in the center of it all, at the Windsor Station Apartments. William is a former Windsor Jaycees member and currently tours with the Hartford Gay Men's Choir. He has been a constant contributor to the Windsor High School Arts Department and their various events for students. William is a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

On his off time, William takes care of his grandson, and often goes clubbing when time allows.

Three words that describe William: Unique. Fierce. Madonna.


Events

Socktober - winter sock collection
thru December at Windsor Social Services, LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue
Annual Art Exhibition
thru Nov 29 at Windsor Town Hall
Christmas Cards for Troops
Nov 15 at 330 Windsor Avenue Community Center
Mary's Place Open House
Nov 15 at 6 Poquonock Avenue Windsor, CT 06095
Mother - Daughter Circle
Nov 15 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Understanding Video Game Addiction
Nov 15 at Windsor Public Library
Family Paint Night
Nov 16 at 330 Windsor Avenue Community Center
Irene’s Traveling Paint Party
Nov 16 at My Lily of the Valley shop located at 532 1/2 Hopmeadow Rd, Simsbury
Wild Game Dinner
Nov 16 at The Tavern at Keney Park
ACE Hardware Fundraiser
Nov 17 at Windsor ACE Hardware
All you can eat Prime Rib
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Coffee Table Books!
Nov 17 at 1073 Palisado Ave
Northwest Park Coffeehouse
Nov 17 at Nature Center at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road Windsor CT
Storytelling Festival
Nov 17 at Northwest Park, 135 Lang Rd Windsor, CT
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Nov 19 at LP Wilson Community Center
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Junior Woman's Club Meeting
Nov 20 at Union Street Tavern in Windsor Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Nov 21 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Nov 21 at Windsor Public Library
Tacos and Trivia
Nov 21 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Book signing -local author!
Nov 23 at 1073 Palisado Ave
Full Moon Hike at Northwest Park
Nov 23 at Northwest Park & Nature Center
All you can eat Prime Rib
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Georgraphy books!
Nov 24 at 1073 Palisado Ave
Small Business Saturday
Nov 24 at Windsor's Small Businesses
Weekend Workshop: Custom Woods Sign
Nov 24 at Windsor Public Library
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Nov 26 at LP Wilson Community Center
Mobile Mammography
Nov 26 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave., Windsor, CT 06095
How to Plan and Pay for College
Nov 27 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Monday Morning Book Club
Nov 27 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Nov 28 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Nov 28 at Windsor Public Library
Brazilian Jazz - Windsor Art Center
Nov 29 at Windsor Art Center
Festival of Wreaths
Nov 29 at Kimberly Hall North
Modern Calligraphy Workshop
Nov 29 at Windsor Public Library
Christmas at Ellsworth Homestead
Nov 30 at Ellsworth Homestead, 778 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Down South Saturdays
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Holiday Gift Card
thru Dec 31 at Menchie's Frozen Yogurt 1095 Kennedy Road Windsor, CT
Brunch with Santa
Dec 2 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Cookies with Santa
Dec 2 at Windsor Fire Station 340 Bloomfield Ave Windsor, Ct 06095
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Dec 3 at LP Wilson Community Center
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Still Young Book Club
Dec 4 at Union Street Tavern, 20 Union Street
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Dec 5 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Dec 5 at Windsor Public Library
Chasing the Dragon Documentary
Dec 5 at Windsor High School Auditorium 50 Sage Park Road, Windsor CT
Holiday Business Breakfast
Dec 5 at Hartford/Windsor Marriott
Handler & Levesque Joy to the World
Dec 7 at Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St, Windsor, CT
Carol Sing & Torchlight Parade
Dec 8 at Windsor Town Green
Down South Saturdays
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Home Alone Safety Class
Dec 8 at 330 Windsor Avenue Community Center
Multicultural Vendor Fair
Dec 8 at 25 Sage Park Road, WIndsor, CT
Sage Park PTO Vendor Fair
Dec 8 at Sage Park Middle School
Windsor Art Ctr Holiday Art & Craft
Dec 8 at Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St, Windsor
WWII book sale
Dec 8 at 1073 Palisado Ave
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Windsor Art Ctr Holiday Art & Craft
Dec 9 at Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St, Windsor
Fencing Class
Dec 10 at LP Wilson Community Center
Holiday Movie
Dec 11 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Meet Santa & Menchie
Dec 11 at 1095 Kennedy Road Ste, 7B Windsor, CT 06095
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Dec 12 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Dec 12 at Windsor Public Library
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall North
Reading Challenge
Dec 13 at Windsor Public Library
Down South Saturdays
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Dec 17 at LP Wilson Community Center
Monday Morning Book Club
Dec 17 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Dec 19 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Dec 19 at Windsor Public Library
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Dec 19 at Windsor High School J113
Down South Saturdays
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Dec 24 at LP Wilson Community Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Dec 26 at LP Wilson Community Center
Down South Saturdays
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Dec 31 at LP Wilson Community Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Jan 2, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 2, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Jan 7, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Learn to Crochet
Jan 8, 2019
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
YPW Meeting
2nd Tuesdays at 261 Broad Street, Windsor
Fencing Class
Jan 9, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 9, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Jan 9, 2019 at Tavern at Keney Park
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall North
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Jan 14, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center