NORTH HAVEN — Jessica Palmieri, who opened The Men’s Room three years ago, is excited about her new location on State Street.
“Before I had a dream and now I have a business,” the Wallingford resident said.
The shop opened at 1878 Hartford Turnpike in 2016 and recently moved to a small plaza at 342 State St., just north of Sackett Point Road.
“Once this came together and my vision of this came together, I was like, this is where I'm supposed to be,” Palmieri said.
The new storefront is clean and polished with neutral tones. She uses the two 100-year-old barber chairs she acquired from Diglio’s Barber Shop, but they’ve been reupholstered like new.
North Haven resident Jeff Jolly said he’s been going to Palmieri for cuts since she first opened in town and was impressed with the new shop.
“I think it’s beautiful… they did such a nice job,” Jolly said.
On March 5, friends, family, and some of Palmieri’s most loyal customers, stopped in for a ribbon cutting ceremony with First Selectman Michael Freda.
Freda said The Men’s Room is a perfect example of what the town should be encouraging and supporting – young, talented entrepreneurs.
The storefront was formerly home to Cosmo’s Barber Shop, owned by John Proto since 1996. Proto retired in 2018.
Palmieri said some of Cosmo’s customers have stopped in to welcome her and get a haircut.
“Men are very loyal and they're just genuinely happy for you and it’s just so nice to see their energy when they walk in,” Palmieri said.
Palmieri, 34, spent 15 years cutting men’s and women’s hair in Westport before her family moved to Wallingford and she decided to open her own place focused on men’s cuts.
“There's just something about doing a precision cut on a guy, that you get more satisfaction out of than doing a haircut on a woman,” Palmieri said. .
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