Andy Bochi can remember when the much-disdained hairstyle called the mullet was in vogue. It was a time when America’s women wanted their men to look like Billy Ray Cyrus or Joe Dirt. The cut back then was called the bi-level and Andy wore one.
Bochi is celebrating his 30th anniversary as a hair stylist and his 30th year in business. His salon, Samson’s Hair Salon is located in the Charlesgate office complex on Ansonia in Oregon.
After graduating from Cardinal Stritch and attending Andrews Ohio State Barber College in downtown Toledo, the Birmingham native faced a tough career choice. He could have gone to work at the Jeep plant, following in the footsteps of several relatives, but instead, he chose to follow his dream of cutting hair and being his own boss. “I thought my Dad was going to have an overload when I told him, but it was the right thing for me,” he says.
Bochi opened his salon on Starr and Main in East Toledo, but moved to the Oregon location 10 years ago. Five stylists and barbers work the floor, a mixture of independent contractors and employees.
Today’s hot styles include short clipper cuts for men and multi-colored hair for women. The biggest difference Bochi has seen in 30 years is that back then men cut men’s hair and women styled women’s hair. Today both do both.
Curious about the name? Samson’s. Bochi says he wasn’t thinking about the famed Biblical character. He just wanted a name that wouldn’t go out of style in 30 years.
Mobile boat service opens
Boaters looking for more time on the water and less time hauling their boat to the shop have a new resource--BoatWorks Unlimited, the Northcoast’s new mobile marine service.
Jon Rodenhauser recently launched his business after working seven years for two local marinas. He is a certified installer of Raymarine Electronics, holds a Master Certification in Yamaha Outboards and a master licensed USCG boat captain.
Rodenhauser operates from his Oak Harbor home and takes his mobile service to marinas, docks and the homes of area boaters.
Rodenhauser grew up in Oak Harbor, the youngest son of business owners, Don and Marge Rodenhauser, who owned Don’s Bakery in Oak Harbor. He is a graduate of Oak Harbor High School.
Services include: boat and motor diagnosis and repair, wooden boat repair and restoration, boat detailing, boat delivery by a licensed captain, body work, rigging and pressure washing.
Go to boatworksu.com or call 419-656-9654.
Schools & skills
The Fifty Plus Job Fair, now in its sixth year, returns to Toledo on Friday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Erie Street Market. The fair provides opportunity for experienced, skilled, and reliable job seekers and savvy employers to meet.
Vendor space for businesses and community resources is now available. Registration is $30 and includes one 8-foot table, chairs, breakfast, and company information promoted in the event directory.
Last year’s event attracted 54 vendors and more than 700 job seekers.
To receive vendor registration materials, call The Source at (419) 213-6312, or go to www.thesourcenwo.com.
The fair is sponsored by Lucas County Workforce Development Agency, Stautzenberger College and Experience Works.
The National Bank of Oak Harbor and GenoaBank will host their annual scholarship golf outing Friday, September 10 at the Oak Harbor Golf Club in Oak Harbor. Call Marie at 419-898-5741 or Joyce at 419-855-8381.