Woodbridge resident Dean Celotto moved his hair salon, Dean’s Hair, from Orange to Woodbridge 16 years ago when the house at 11 June Street came up for sale. First Selectman Ellen Scalettar recently visited and toured Dean’s. The First Selectman has been visiting local businesses to highlight them as part of the “Shop Woodbridge, Dine Woodbridge, Try Woodbridge” campaign. The visits are designed to create a stronger bond between Town Hall and the Town’s business community and to foster economic development in Woodbridge. Additionally, the Town’s Economic Development Commission has been inviting new and expanding businesses to its monthly meetings in order to learn about those businesses and why they chose Woodbridge.
Celotto told Scalettar that he’d been eyeing the June Street home for years and was excited when his wife saw that it was on the market. Celotto remodeled the house to suit a business but kept the original look and feel, including the wood floors, a working fireplace and a replica of the home’s original mirror above the fireplace. The result is a beautiful and comfortable feel. The kitchen has been converted into a hair washing area; the sitting room is now the entryway. The garage has been converted into a lady-like pink and white striped room where Olga Dubrovsky does manicures, pedicures, facials and waxing. “This house is a very charming space,” said Scalettar during her tour.
“I’ve had the same clientele forever,” Celotto said. His specialties are haircuts, color and corrective coloring. “I do a lot of fixing up,” he says.
Celotto owns the building and rents space to Dubrovsky, who’s been there for six years in the converted garage, and Hong Lee who’s been there for one year. Dubrovsky, who’s from Russia, previously worked for a salon before deciding to work for herself. She clearly enjoys her job and says, “It’s lovely to be with women all day and see them happy and feel beautiful.”
Hong used to do nails at a salon in New Haven. That salon was damaged in a fire in 2014 and the very next day she was working with Celotto. “Dean was nice enough to call me and offer me the space,” she recounts. Like Dubrovsky, Lee offers manicures, pedicures and waxing. “My clients were already based in and around Woodbridge so this is easier for them to get to,” she says.
Judy Kipperman, a Woodbridge resident who was getting a manicure from Hong during Scalettar’s visit, has been a client of Hong’s for eight or nine years. “Her move has been very convenient for me, but I would have followed her no matter where she went.”
For more information, about Woodbridge businesses visit the Town’s business website, www.woodbridgect.org/business. If you know of a new or expanding business in Town, or if you would like the First Selectman to tour your business, please contact Assistant Administrative Officer Betsy Yagla at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-389-3403.