> 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

Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Asparagus Spring Fest
May 25 at Brown's Harvest
Keney Park PGA jr. League
May 26 at Keney Park Golf Course
Memorial Day Observances and Parade
May 27 at Elm Grove Cemetery/Town Hall
Filming Chargers Spring 2019
May 28 at Windsor Community Television, Inc
Learn to Crochet
May 28 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
All You Can Eat Prime Rib Night
May 29 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Stillness in Motion at Windsor Art
May 30 at Windsor Art Center
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Yoga at the Windsor Art Center
Friday at Windsor Art Center
Artist Talk - Windsor Art Center
Jun 1 at Windsor Art Center
Take Apart Workshop
Jun 1 at Windsor Public Library
Bike MS Windsor
Jun 2 at 5&7 Waterside Crossing, Windsor, CT 06095
Keney Park PGA jr. League
Jun 2 at Keney Park Golf Course
Golf Tournament
Jun 3 at Keney Golf Course, Windsor
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Day Hill Deli, 555 Day Hill Rd, Windsor
Windsor Senior Center Variety Show!
Jun 5 at LP Wilson Community Center Auditorium
Better Health Conference
Jun 6 at Connecticut Convention Center
FREE Genealogy Support Group 6.6
Jun 6 at Windsor Historical Society
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jun 6 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Annual Dinner
Jun 7 at Hartford/Windsor Marriott on Day Hill Rd
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Paint Night! at the WAC
Jun 7 at Windsor Art Center
FREE CT Open House Day!
Jun 8 at Windsor Historical Society
Vintage Communications Swap Meet
Jun 8 at 115 Pierson Lane, Windsor, CT at the Vintage Radio & Communications Museum
Writing Workshop at the Art Center
Jun 8 at Windsor Art Center
Keney Park PGA jr. League
Jun 9 at Keney Park Golf Course
Mary's Place Open House
Jun 11 at 6 Poquonock Ave Windsor, CT
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Jun 12 at Homewood Suites, 65 Ella Grasso Tpke, Windsor Locks
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Jun 12 at Windsor High School J113
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Yoga at the Windsor Art Center
Friday at Windsor Art Center
Fathers Day BBQ Brunch
Jun 16 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Keney Park PGA jr. League
Jun 16 at Keney Park Golf Course
Diabetic Support Group
Jun 18 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Kick-Off to Summer Art Week
Jun 18 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jun 20 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Keney Park PGA jr. League
Jun 23 at Keney Park Golf Course
Monday Morning Book Club
Jun 24 at Windsor Public Library
Summer Movie Series - Planet of the
Jun 25 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Veterans Coffee Hour
Jun 27 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Young Artist’s Watercolor Day
Jul 1 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Summer Movies Series
Jul 2 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Day Hill Deli, 555 Day Hill Rd, Windsor
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jul 4 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Summer Movie Series
Jul 9 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Jul 10 at Northwest Park, Lang Rd, Windsor
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Diabetic Support Group
Jul 16 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Summer Movie Series
Jul 16 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Jul 17 at Windsor High School J113
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jul 18 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Monday Morning Book Club
Jul 22 at Windsor Public Library
Summer Movie Series
Jul 23 at Windsor Public Library