A Tribute to Douglas J Weaver, Our Founder

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Douglas Weaver, the founder of our company, at the age of 77.   

Doug was an entrepreneur, innovator and mentor. As the son of two hairdressers, he developed a passion for the salon industry early on. In 1967, Doug, along with his wife Sharon, established the Village Hair Shoppe, now known as Douglas J Salon & Spa – bringing to life his vision of developing talented team members who understood the value of caring for their guests’ needs and focusing on community and social responsibility.

Doug wanted to bring the styles of the big city to a community more accustomed to the weekly wash and set. While most salons were curling and styling long hair, Douglas began to cut strong lines and shorter styles. For this, he was recognized for pushing the boundaries of hairdressing. 

Anyone who knew Doug, knew his highest priority was always his staff and guests. He loved being in the salon and seeing the many familiar faces of those he had cared for over the years.   He was always happy to give advice to a young stylist, sweep hair or to open the door for one of his welcomed guests.

We were privileged to have Doug present at our 50th anniversary celebration this summer honoring the legacy he built. He was surprised with a video tribute that we would like to share with all of you, who held a special place in his heart. Click here to watch

While we mourn the loss of our great founder who has touched so many within our industry, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people that hard work makes dreams come true and that selflessly serving a cause greater than themselves is the best life lived.

The next time you walk through our doors, think of Doug and know that his passion for guest care will remain our cornerstone and his legacy will continue to grow and live on through his two sons, Scott and TJ Weaver who currently run the family business.   

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, February 25th at the Okemos Community Church, 4734 Okemos Road, Okemos, MI 48864.  A Celebration Memorial will immediately follow at 4:00 pm at the University Club - Henry Center Atrium, 3435 Forest Road, Lansing, MI 48910. 

Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to Hospice of Lansing - Stoneleigh Residence, 3411 Stoneleigh Drive, Lansing, MI 48910.

 

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