WALLINGFORD — Community members toured Salon Nathaniel Signature’s new location on North Main Street Wednesday night during a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the longtime Meriden salon’s expansion.
Salon Nathaniel Signature officially opened at 33 N. Main St. over the summer. The salon offers hair services, specialized color services, makeup, and nails.
Owner Nathaniel Bottone said the growth of careers for salon stylists was a consideration in opening a second location.
“As a business and industry, our job is to not only be creative but grow people,” Bottone said.
Bottone said after 11 years in business, the Meriden location, at 1247 E. Main St., reached 25 employees, more than the space allowed. Instead of moving to a bigger space in Meriden, Bottone decided to open in Wallingford.
“A lot of our guests come from the Wallingford area,” Bottone said. “I thought it would be a no-brainer. It’s a spot with a lot of foot traffic.”
Midstate Chamber of Commerce President Rosanne Ford said the business has been active with the chamber for many years. She said the salon understands its business model and found a great storefront location.
“It’s really inspiring to see a small business that has so much success in Meriden (open in) Wallingford,” Ford said.
She believes the two locations complement each other and will expand the salon’s client base.
“A big part of it is that the Wallingford community has been embracing us with open arms,” Bottone said.
As a member of the Meriden Rotary Club and board member of the Midstate Chamber of Commerce, Bottone said he loves the “whole community spirit” and would like to become more involved through business networking, monetary donations, and volunteer work.
“I think that we are definitely community-oriented,” he said. “ We believe in the community we serve.”