About Us

Gayles Wigs 'N' Things was founded in 1950 in the Church Street area of Norfolk, Virginia by husband and wife team Sam and Lillian Snyder, who were childhood sweethearts. The business began as Gayles Junior Department store selling everything from clothing to toys and quickly branched out into wigs.

In 1975, the Snyders moved Gayles to its present location in the Historic Ghent section of Norfolk, renaming it Gayle's Wigs 'N' Things. At this location, Sam and Lillian added ladies hats to their growing inventory of wigs.

The Snyders' son Steve and his wife, Anne, joined the business in 1980 and the 4 Snyders grew Wigs 'N' Things into the largest wig and hat retail store on the East Coast. Today, Steve, Anne, and their children are carrying on the family business.

After 60 years in the business, the Snyders have developed long lasting relationships with a vast network of wig manufacturers. If you can't find the wig you want in our large inventory, we can definitely find it for you. We have also developed long lasting relationships with our customers over all these years. We laso have a large selection of ladies dress and casual hats, turbans, and headwraps. As a customer of ours, whether online or in the store, we welcome and appreciate your patronage and look forward to a long lasting relationship with you. If you have any questions about our website and products we can be reached by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also contact us at our business phone, 757-622-8328, Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 5:30 pm.