Plainville salon teams with non-profit to give makeovers to veterans

Plainville salon teams with non-profit to give makeovers to veterans


PLAINVILLE — Three local veterans were given full makeovers recently at Studio 466 Salon and Spa as part of Save-a-Suit’s “Glam Up!” event.

“There are so many females in the service,” said Alyssa Ruddy, a community outreach leader for the nonprofit. “We wanted to do something special for them.”

Bethel-based Save-a-Suit provides professional outfits to military veterans for job interviews. In July, Save-a-Suit held an essay contest for female veterans seeking a full makeover. In the essays, the women described how they transitioned from military to civilian life.

Salon owner Donna Theriault wanted to be part of the experience. She was helped by five of the salon’s stylists.

“I was honored and excited,” Theriault said.

Three essayists were chosen and given haircuts, hair color, makeup, eyebrow waxing, and new outfits.

Mary Clark, a U.S. Army veteran and Southington resident, said she enjoyed the unique day at the salon, located on East Street.

“I had an awesome experience. The people were friendly and knowledgeable,” she said in a statement. “I truly enjoyed the complimentary services provided.”

Ruddy said she believes all the veterans walked away with more confidence.

“They were timid at first, it was a new experience for them,” Ruddy said. “The stylists did a great job at making them feel comfortable.”

This was the first time that Save-A-Suit participated in a female-only complete makeover. The organization usually caters to females and males.

Both Ruddy and Theriault plan on being part of the event again.

“It felt great to serve people who really deserve it,” Theriault said. “They were all so happy at the end of the day.”

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