Story by Morgan Fliss

After being closed for eight weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Great Clips at the Carrollwood Fresh Market is now back open with enhanced safety precautions to once again provide high quality, affordable haircuts for the entire family!

Lea Orchard is the Salon Owner/Franchisee of this Great Clips.   She became a franchisee in 2001 in order to build a family business to provide a strong future for herself and her family.  Her original career was as a CPA with PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Lea was one of the original franchisees in this market, (Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, and Sarasota Counties). There were no Great Clips here at that time, now there are 85! 

Over the past 19 years, Lea has grown her business to a total of 12 stores.  She also has as one that is currently under construction in FishHawk Ranch, and one that will open in 2021 on SR 52 in San Antonio in Pasco County. 

Her current stores are located in Carrollwood, Lutz, Citrus Park, Land O Lakes, Wesley Chapel, Riverview, Apollo Beach, Clearwater, Dunedin, and Tarpon Springs.

Lea is hands-on with her business and makes frequent visits to each of her Great Clips locations. She also handles her own accounting and back office procedures. She gets much help from her General Manager, Hanri Cochran, and her son Sam Orchard, as well.

Lea’s Great Clips salons offer $15 haircuts for adults and $13 haircuts for children and seniors. 

During this COVID-19 pandemic, the salon has continued its strong sanitation and cleaning procedures to ensure the safety of all customers and employees.  Lea said, “All stylists and customers are required to wear masks and we have built barriers between each station for extra protection. After every haircut, the entire area including the chair and tools are all deeply cleaned and sanitized. For each new haircut, every person is given a new, freshly washed cape.”

Lea and the salons do everything they can to support the local community. Between sponsoring Little League, girls’ softball, USF Cuts for Cancer, or providing live theater tickets for the military, Lea and her staff are all about giving back to the community. 

Great Clips Salons have the convenient Online Check-in App that allows guests to check in on their cell phones or laptops and add their name to a waiting list. This ensures a much shorter wait time when they arrive than those who did not check-in online. “About 40% of our customers use our Online Check-in App because it is so convenient and such a timesaver,” said Lea. 

Great Clips at Carrollwood Fresh Market is open seven days a week for the convenience of their customers. “We offer affordable, convenient, quality haircuts that fit the busy schedule of the whole family,” Lea said. 

Lea and her stylists are so happy to be open again.  She said, “We have missed seeing our customers during these last several months. Come back and see us soon!” 

Great Clips Carrollwood is located at 13129 B N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL, 33618, right next to Fresh Market. Call them at 813-969-2960 or visit them online at 

https://www.greatclips.com/salons/0523.