In 1988 Stylist Touch was born by former owner and hairstylist Dawn Mueller. It began as a small operation of 2 stylists (Dawn and her Aunt Joan) and 12 years later in March of 1998 Dawn's cousin Tammie Griffiths joined the small family of hairdressers.
7 years later, Tammie took over ownership of Stylist Touch and continued to grow the business by hiring an amazing staff of professionals who have motivation, experience and most of all, personality!
Tammie's inspirations came from many people in her own family- her cousins,
Aunts and her biggest inspiration, her father Joseph who was a war veteran, teacher, salon owner and expert hairstylist for 42 years.
Tammie's family, friends, employees and clientele are all a very important part of her life. They helped her to have the strength to become who she is today. Family and friends is what Stylist Touch is all about.
Eva started working for Stylist Touch when she was 12 for volunteer hours and loved it so much that she never wanted to stop! She attended Burlington County Institute of Technology, during High School, and received her license in 2013. She loves the salon environment and is looking forward to working with clients to give them the perfect style!
Jess attended the adult night program at CCIT and received her license in 2010. She has been "entertaining" clients with her hilarious personality and expert styling technique for over 6 years. She specializes in hair color, highlights, de-frizzing treatments, make-up and long hair. She loves working for Stylist Touch and considers them her second family. Anniversary
Jessie has 6 years of experience. Jessie loves being a stylist because she loves the power of change that it gives her. She believes that how a person feels about themselves and their appearance channels the vibes they give off. She loves having the power to change that and make someone feel beautiful!
Kelly has had her license for 25 years and has worked at Jackie's Hairstyling, as well as with Sherry at her salon before joining with Stylist Touch in 2008. She specializes in men and boy's haircuts at any age.
Lorraine has been a hairstylist her whole life, starting with Barbie, moved on to her Chrissy doll, and then to family and friends. Her professional career started at 18. Having curly hair is what inspired her hairstyling career. She teaches her curly haired clients to embrace their curl and also to care for their locks when smoothing them out. Her specialties include color, highlights, cutting, perms, blow dry styles, curling, formal hair, and bridal hair. She loves to make clients look great and feel fabulous when they step out of her chair. Her clients’ ages range from 1 to 100.
Sherry has been a stylist for 23 years and owned her own shop for 14 years before joining forces with Tami at Stylist Touch in 2008. She enjoys doing men, women, or children's hair, from creating a color and cut to the finishing style! She loves being able to work with clients and provide them with a look that they will love.
Vivian has had her license for 20 years and has been on and off with the Stylist Touch team since 2007. She specializes in short haircuts, men or women, and also enjoys doing color and perms. She loves the staff here at Stylist Touch and how friendly and helpful they always are. Vivian loves her profession and the fact that she is constantly learning new things.
It’s in Our DNA:
Tammie Griffiths, owner and operator of Stylist Touch Salon has a long family history of hairdressers. It all started with her great uncle Vincent Allessandroni who worked as a barber in the early 1950’s. His daughter Joan followed in his footsteps. His granddaughter Dawn (who began Stylist Touch) was inspired as well to follow in the craft. The family tradition continued to be handed down from generation to generation. The love of hairstyling is on both sides of her family with her father, aunts, and cousins all part of this rewarding industry!
Tammie’s father Joseph Pillo attended Jardan Beauty School in Camden, NJ in 1959 at the age of 17. Joe and Tammie’s great Aunt Frieda enrolled together. Frieda was 40 years old when she began her training and continued hairdressing until the young age of 85. Once his beauty school training was completed, he began training as a cosmetology teacher and was soon student teaching at Jardan. He went on to teach at Regency Beauty School in Camden, NJ, where he instructed Tammie’s cousin Carmel (who introduced Joe to his future wife in June of 1964!). In 1966 Joe was drafted into the US Army and in 1968 he did a tour of duty in Vietnam. Was a POW, escaped his captures and made it home alive. Upon his return home, Joe was hired by the Warwick Hotel in Philadelphia where he had the opportunity to work on many celebrities and their family members! Phyllis Diller, Ray Milland’s (of Dial M for Murder fame) wife Muriel Frances Weber, and the mother of the famous opera singer Mario Lanza just to name a few! From there it was on to teach at P&B Beauty School in Gloucester, NJ. Tammie’s Aunt Carol enrolled in P&B in 1969, where her father had the opportunity to train her as well in the art of hairdressing.
Tammie’s father explored many aspects of hairdressing from working behind the chair, to instructing and in the summer of 1969 he began a new venture… Joseph Louis Hair Design was open for business! With 3 employees (Tammie’s Aunt Carol being one of them), a successful salon was born. While still in business, Joe took on a teaching job instructing at Camden County Vocational in Pennsauken, NJ. After 5 fruitful years as a salon owner and many years teaching experience behind him, Joe decided to go back to school for his degree in teaching. In 1974 Aunt Carol became the new owner of Joseph Louis Hair Design. He continued to work weekends in the salon to help his sister in law with the business. Carol owed the salon until 1981 and continues hairdressing to this day. Joe then returned to his true passion of teaching the art of cosmetology full time at Salem County Vocational School in Woodstown, NJ. In the 19 years that Joe taught at SCVTS he won many awards, received Teacher of the Year several times, and was respected and loved by students and staff. Sadly, Joe passed away suddenly on June 17th 2003. His legacy of hairstyling has left a trail of many talented stylists. His memory stays alive in everyone that had the opportunity to learn from him, along with a cosmetology scholarship that bears his name.
When Tammie told her father that she wanted to go to school to learn hairdressing, Joe responded, “Great. Just what this family needs, another hairdresser.” In reality, he was thrilled that his daughter was following in the family trade. He encouraged her to get her education through Maison de Paris which at the time was in Haddonfield, NJ and owned by the Rizzieri family. Maison de Paris is now well known as Rizzieri Aveda School in Voorhees, NJ. Tammie completed school in 1993 and started full time work as a hairdressing assistant at Hair People in Collingswood, NJ.
Wanting more from her hairdressing career, she moved on to Positive Image Hair Salon in Merchantville, NJ where she worked as an assistant, but was also given the opportunity to be a stylist as well. As Tammie gained more experience, she had the need for more clients. After 2 ½ years at Positive Image, Tammie decided to join the team of Hair Cuttery stylists in Westmont, NJ. The friendships, experience, and education she gained there was priceless. Her clientele grew larger and she outgrew the Hair Cuttery.
In March of 1998, Tammie joined her cousins Dawn (Owner at Stylist Touch) and Joan (daughter of Vincent Allessandroni). In January of 2007, Dawn sold the business to Tammie and it continues to flourish today. Now located in Mount Laurel, NJ Stylist Touch Salon has been making people look and feel great for over 25 years. She is proud of her team of hairstylists and finds happiness in standing behind the chair alongside her employees. Tammie is grateful for her staff and her clientele. They made her the success she is today.
Salon ownership is bittersweet for Tammie, as she wishes her father was here to see her accomplishments. She will tell you that her dad was a true success in his field. The love of his craft provided a good life for his wife and daughters. Tammie shares the same love of the craft as her dad. Her hope is that Joe is watching with pride, as his daughter carries on the family tradition.
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