Periti went to college and receive a degree in engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. He worked at an engineering firm for five years.
“I just hated it,” Periti said. “I looked back at my dad and everything he had, and I thought, ‘What a great business. What am I doing?’”
Since, Periti has constructed all three of Kaner’s mullets and even done one for Brandon Saad.
Today, an article on Periti’s mullet-making abilities hangs in his dad’s shop.
“My dad gets a kick out of it all,” Periti said.
In his still budding scissor-wielding career, Periti has been charged with the knee-shaking tasks of straight-razoring Kerry Woods’ goatee and trimming Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville’s mustache and eyebrows--to name a few.
And if there's any activity that'll put hair on your playoff-bearded face, it's playing with sharp objects next to Quenneville's iconic 'stache and 'brows.
“Asking a customer to get his eyebrows and mustache trimmed is standard practice, so I asked [Quenneville],” Periti said. “At first he was like, ‘Nah.’ But a few seconds later he goes, ‘You know what, no one’s ever asked me that before. Do it. Just be careful.’
"When he said that, I wanted to tell him I was joking. I barely touched it. But really, doing all this stuff, it’s all been so fun.”
But the mullet-fun has been limited to Kane and Saad.
Outside those two, no one has come into the shop asking for the Kane special.
As a joke, Periti even posted a fake ad on the spa's Facebook page. It shows a picture of Kane (obviously with a freshly groomed mullet) and reads "$5 Mullet. Make Your Appointment Today."
"I've had some people ask about a mullet, but that's it. They ask, then back out," Periti said. "A mullet definitely takes some commitment. Heck, I may even do it for free if some guy came in and actually did it."
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