Shawn "Dali" Gilstad - Purple House
Business Owner / Hairstylist / Philanthropist
Shawn Gilstad was born in the mountains of East Tennessee. Shawn grew up one of seven children and was raised by a loving mother and grandmother. He is a graduate of Chattanooga State Community College. Shawn moved to Southwest Florida in 2009. Shortly after relocating, he opened his first business Hair by Shawn and Company. In 2012 Shawn formed a partnership with Sherrie Moody of the Charlotte Players and founded the Charlotte County Imagination Library--a children's literacy foundation that is an affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. It currently has mailed over 150,000 books to 5,400 pre-school children in Charlotte County. In 2019 he married his soulmate, Dr. Dennis J. Gilstad. That same year Denny and Shawn bought the historic Purple House in Punta Gorda. After a full renovation, he reopened the building as The Purple House Salon by Shawn Gilstad. In 2022 they established the Gilstad Literacy Foundation, Inc to further the work and coverage of Charlotte County Imagination Library.
941.830.4746 - Cell
941.205.8603 - Salon