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Ultra Salon & Spa

In her own words:

As you know, Tabitha, it’s not just about hair. It’s about friendship and so much more.

Annie Hulskramer

Annie is my hair Goddess. There is no one else in the world I will allow to work on my hair. When she retires, I will shave my head. You think I’m joking? I’ve been going to see Annie for over 25 years and she knows me. She knows my hair. She knows my mother. She has supported me through some very difficult times and always has a golden nugget of wisdom to offer. I’ve watched Annie grow and birth 2 children who are not so much children anymore. I’ve watched her bury loved ones. I’ve watched her grow and expand and perfect her skills. I’ve watched her stretch to take on the challenge of running her own hair salon.

But it’s not just Annie who makes this place. Every single person in there is an amazing human being – Dawn, Pauline, Xiomara and Emma. You can go in there, have a seat, drink a cup of coffee (when we could do that) and have a conversation like you’ve known each other for years because, for the most part, we have. It’s a lovely, homey, comforting place, so different from the ego-driven “ship em in, ship em out” hair salons. At Ultra it’s not about the rock star hair stylist or esthetician, it’s about YOU. No, it’s about US. It’s about connection. Beauty is the very fortunate by-product of your time there.

Like so many other small businesses, Ultra has been hit hard due to this pandemic. They’re struggling through a second lockdown, shut for another 28 (or more) days. But one day we will emerge like naked mole rats with frizzy hair and gnarly nails, blinking into the sun. At that time, I suggest you check this place out:

Ultra Salon & Spa – 4-121 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga, ON L5H 1E9 – 905-891-5999

Now here’s the trick, they have an exceptionally loyal customer base (Or should I say fan base?) so there is no guarantee that you’ll be able to land a spot, but if you do, tell them Tabitha says “Hi.”

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This seems to be the time of year when we hear so much about supporting local/small businesses. Over the next few weeks I will highlight my Top 5 most influential (to me) woman-run businesses out there. It gives me a chance to brag about people who have greatly impacted my life and who have helped me transform. Who doesn’t want to brag about the good stuff? 😉

Stay tuned!


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Good morning!  I love you and…


I can’t imagine life without poetry.  I call them word-songs.  Poems are a way to take a snapshot of Life, to attempt to frame it within words in the hopes of making you feel beyond your everyday feelings.  They are like the markers along the path of pilgrimage, pointing the way, nudging you along.  Poetry, good poetry, helps you grow, transform, evolve.  Can we ever mention “good poetry” without including something from one of the Masters herself, Mary Oliver?  I know I can’t.  Here is one of her most beloved classics.  I hope you enjoy.

May you have a beautiful day!




You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

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