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Salon co-working space opens in Shelton

September 24, 2018

Setting up your own business isn’t easy, but for the last five years Kerry and Jay Tolisano have provided space for those in the beauty industry to do just that.

The couple opened their third My Salon Suite franchise in Shelton this summer at 389 Bridgeport Ave., bringing 27 fully-equipped salon spaces to stylists and aspiring entrepreneurs looking to get their brands off the ground.

The Shelton co-working space location joins franchises in Fairfield and Stamford, which the Tolisanos manage.

“It’s been a very successful venture not only for us, but also for our members,” said Kerry Tolisano said. “The response to our Shelton location has been terrific.”

With 60 locations nationally, My Salon Suite, allows hair stylists the freedom to work in their own space while providing the infrastructure of a professional environment.

With ongoing and proposed development in Shelton, including on Bridgeport Avenue, Tolisano said she and her husband saw an opportunity in what she described as an up-and-coming place for business.

Like their other two franchises, the Shelton location offers an array of services to clients in the valley. My Salon Suite in Shelton has half its spaces leased, with hair stylists, skin services, and other lash and brow specialists.

“For some professionals it serves as that stepping stone for them to go out on their own and build their business and expand their business someday, too,” Tolisano said, adding that her coworking spaces have been attracting professionals, many who are looking to set out on their own as first-time business owners.

My Salon Suite has also drawn in members who are existing owners looking to simplify their concepts and eliminate the overhead of leasing their own space.

With 22 years of working in the beauty industry for corporations, stylist Iris Mena saw the opportunity to try something new and become her own boss.

“This was like taking a leap of faith and just trying to see if I could make it on my own,” she said.

It’s been almost three months since she set out on her own, but Mena said she is adjusting to the change and having to rebuild her client list as owner of Tangled 108.

While their third location is still finding its stride, Tolisano said plans for another location is on the horizon for next year.

Jordan.grice@hearstmediact.com

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