Family, friends, clients, and past and present employees gathered on Sunday to bid farewell to Salon Rage, a staple in Southampton for the past 12 years.
The salon will be relocating to Furlong at the end of the month, and to celebrate its past and its future, the salon held a party at on Street Road in Southampton.
Throughout the event, hugs were exchanged as people came out in support of the salon and its employees. Attendees received a ticket for a complimentary drink.
Owner Donna Roggio, a Southampton native since second grade, offered her reflections about the move and her time in Southampton via email.
"When I opened Salon Rage [on March 2, 1999], I truly had no idea how fortunate I would be," she said in the email. "From day one at the Redwood Shopping Center, the Southampton community not only accepted Salon Rage, but it encouraged and supported my vision. Southampton has been a great community to grow up in, start my career, and also develop a business in."
After outgrowing its first space, the salon moved to the former location of the Painter's Nest in 2002.
"From the front door to the back, we gutted the entire inside and built a salon so beautiful and unique that the business grew even larger immediately," she wrote.
Over the years, the hair salon also expanded to a second location on York Road in Furlong.
Twelve years after first setting up shop in Southampton, Roggio decided to permanently relocate the salon to its second location. The new location in Furlong also has a new name - Riah Hair Studio.
"Most branding companies would say that you never change your name after you are established, but ... I believe in doing what feels right, not what is said to be right," Roggio wrote.
Roggio wanted to change the name of her salon a few years ago, but the timing wasn't right then, she said. The move afforded the perfect opportunity for her to rename her business.
The name has special meaning to Roggio, and she said it better reflects the mission of the salon.
"Riah (pronounced "Rye-Ah") is my daughter’s nickname and ironically spelled in reverse is 'hair,'" she said in the email. "Riah (Riley) and hair are the two passions in my life. The studio ends the name because it is exactly what Riah Hair Studio is. It is an intimate social space with boutique flair."
For Roggio, the key to her success at both locations has been her desire to continue to learn about techniques, styles, trends, products and tools, something she has believed in since she first opened her salon.
"My attitude was then, and is now, that if we can educate ourselves and educate others, while providing great services to the community, we would continue to be successful," she said.
Roggio also gave credit to the people surrounding her.
"I can say that I have been blessed with a loyal, dedicated, and artistic team," she said. "Many of them are like family to me. I have also been blessed with great clients and friends."
The Furlong location is about 15 minutes away from the salon's Southampton location. For more information about Riah Hair Studio, visit salonrage.net or riahstudio.com.
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