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Lil' Divas and Dudes cuts into South Tampa

Classic car and fire truck barber chairs make haircuts fun for kids at Lil Divas and Dudes newest location in South Tampa. 

photo cred: Matt Taneja

Classic car and fire truck barber chairs make haircuts fun for kids at Lil Divas and Dudes newest location in South Tampa. photo cred: Matt Taneja

Matt Taneja was looking for a salon that catered to children when he and his 8-year-old daughter, Sophia, stumbled across Lil' Divas and Dudes in the Bradenton-Sarasota area.

Taneja noticed a lack in the children's salon market and took the opportunity to purchase Lil' Divas and Dudes.

After 14 years in the auto industry, he decided to take a risk as a new business owner.

"We re-did the look and menu," Taneja said. "It's the same concept, but with new energy."

Once they remodeled the Bradenton-Sarasota location, he opened one in St. Petersburg from scratch.

Now, only one year later, the salon which offers haircuts and spa services including manicure, pedicure and facials, all for kids, is coming to South Tampa.

"We want it to be totally awesome for kids," Taneja said. "When they walk in, they see all the colors, stuffed animals and a play area. They get a juice box and can choose to sit in an airplane or classic car and watch a movie while they are getting their haircut."

Children who are a little older can get spa services sitting in a stylish giant high heeled shoe.

Now that Sophia is a little older, she provides feedback for her father and assists the other children by popping movies into the DVD player.

Aside from haircuts, the salon hosts diva, rock star and princess parties which can include make-up stations, up-dos and spa services with themed accessories, like blowup electric guitars for the rock stars.

A soft opening is planned for the first week of November at 2510 S MacDill Ave. Visit, for more on the salon.

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Lil' Divas and Dudes cuts into South Tampa 10/21/15 [Last modified: Friday, October 23, 2015 5:07pm]
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