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Fantastic Sam's Celebrates Success, Grand Reopening

The haircutting salon throws a party for its supporters as it cuts the ribbon on a new beginning.

The national anthem was sung, Ms. America was on-hand, and a haircutting salon had a big pair of scissors at the ready.

The scissors weren't for hair, however. —a fixture in the community for 20 years—cut the ribbon on a new beginning under owners Nelson Smith and wife Rosanne Hawxhurst.

Located in Antonio Plaza between Pavilions and Baskin Robbins, balloons and local luminaries, as well as the Chamber of Commerce, celebrated on a chamber of commerce evening.

Young Mary Desmond sang the Star Spangled Banner, which she will also sing at an upcoming Angels game, and Ms. America Tracy Broughton of Ladera Ranch stood by in tiara and sash.

Also on hand was a representative from Senator Mimi Walters' office, and Mayor Tony Beall, who delivered a proclamation before the gathering.

Smith called it "a community celebration."

"We wanted to thank the community for three years of success, and to share with them about feelings and thoughts with being tied to the community and how important it is to give back," Smith said, "so we thought we'd throw a party for them"

Watch the video to hear more about—and see pictures from—the event.

Nelson Smith April 23, 2012 at 06:03 PM
On behalf of our staff and stylists, we would like to thank everyone in the community who attended our Ribbon Cutting and Community Celebration at RSM Fantastic Sams on Tuesday, April 17. It was a huge success, and we were pleased to see so many of our old friends, and to meet many new friends who came. We were delighted that Mary Desmond graced us with singing the Star Spangled Banner, and the appearance by Ms America, Tracy Broughton was fantastic. Sheryl Lynn, from A Beautiful Life Productions, was instrumental in making this a celebration that exceeded everyone's expectations. We are especially grateful to Mayor Tony Beall, Mayor Pro-Tem Steve Baric, and RSM Chamber of Commerce president Suzanne Singh for their support of the businesses in the city. And we thank our business neighbors, who generously provided abundant varieties of food, and the numerous raffle prizes. We also wish to acknowledge the representative who appeared on behalf of State Senator Walters. We are moved by the sense of belonging we feel from our guests, and offer our heartfelt thanks for making ours the successful business it has been for the 3 years we’ve been here. We are proud to be a part of this wonderfully unique community. Nelson Smith Rosanne Hawxhurst RSM Fantastic Sams
April Josephson April 24, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Nelson, it was a pleasure to see your business and your caring approach to the community!
Sheryl April 24, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Indeed! Nelson and Rosanne were truly an All American couple who were true representatives of what business can be on a daily basis. They brought a strong sense community to the April 17 celebration which was an attitude of "we are all in this together!" In addition they were authentic in their willingness to celebrate all the people who have supported them over the years and will continue to do so for years to come. Beautiful Life Productions was honored to get to know Nelson and Rosanne and many of the RSM community.
Tracy Broughton May 13, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Please state clearly that I am Ms. America 2011 not the reigning Ms. America in all print and video.
Christy Joy January 10, 2013 at 05:36 AM
I take my son to Fantastic Sams to get his hair cut.. We used to wait for the first available hairdresser but then one day we got lucky and Roseanne cut his hair. She does such a wonderful job and actually asks my son how he wants it cut, listens, and then does exactly what he asks. He is now 16 and refuses to let anyone else touch his hair. Thank you Roseanne for making the experience enjoyable =) The Joy family.

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