COVENTRY — In April of 2019, Melissa Salvas opened the doors to Flawless Beauty at 53 Sandy Bottom Road. Three years later, her small business having grown to offer everything from microblading to Botox to haircare, Salvas has made the move to a much larger space next door. 

“We’re super excited to be here,” Salvas said Sunday during an event to celebrate the reopening of her salon and medspa at 55 Sandy Bottom Road. 

Salvas made the decision to move into the building that once housed Anytime Fitness so that she could continue to expand her business comfortably.

A resident of Coventry, Salvas has worked for more than 30 years in the cosmetology industry. She started out by renting space at other salons, eventually taking up microblading, a semi-permanent tattooing technique used to fill in eyebrows. 

As her repertoire grew to include other permanent makeup services, Salvas decided to take the leap and open Flawless Beauty. With a salon of her own, she began inviting hairdressers to rent chair space and the services she was able to offer quickly became more varied.

“My business has grown [to include] all different services,” she said, standing in her new building surrounded by the small-business owners who also conduct their work there, each one dressed in a “Flawless Beauty” tee.   

In addition to microblading, the permanent makeup options that Salvas offers include lip tint tattooing, smoky lash enhancements and powder brow, as well as areola tattooing for breast cancer patients.  

Salvas's goal is for Flawless Beauty to be “a one-stop shop,” she said. 

The salon offers everything from teeth whitening to waxing to facials. 

Sunlight pours into the building and onto a row of salon chairs where hairstylists work their magic; shampoo stations are lined up nearby. A neon sign declaring “love is in the hair” hangs above a fireplace. 

Private spaces in the back of the building are dedicated to spray tans and eyelash services. A massage table has been set up inside a darkened, tranquil room. 

There’s also a boutique by the front entrance, where shoppers can purchase jewelry, candles, beauty products and a variety of other items. 

At around 2,600 square feet, Flawless Beauty’s new space is nearly twice the size of the original salon. Salvas said her hope is that the new location will draw more community members in to try out the various services on offer. 

Before stepping outside to cut the ribbon on her business’s new location, Salvas was recognized Sunday by elected officials during a grand reopening ceremony. 

“Melissa, in addition to being an amazing cosmetologist, is an outstanding wife, mother and small business owner,” Dist. 25 Rep. Tom Noret said before the crowd that had gathered for the event. 

On behalf of himself, Dist. 28 Rep. George Nardone and House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, Noret gave Salvas a citation from the Rhode Island House of Representatives recognizing her as a “thriving business owner in the town of Coventry.”

And on the Coventry Town Council’s behalf, Jennifer Ludwig, council vice president, and councilor Hillary Lima presented Salvas with a certificate of commendation.

“We recognize small businesses have a huge part in the local community,” Ludwig said. “Melissa, thank you so much for your dedication, not only to your clients, but to your employees… congratulations on this beautiful new expansion.”

Flawless Beauty, located at 55A Sandy Bottom Road, Coventry, is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the services offered, visit www.flawlessbeautyri.com or call (401)320-8657.

kgravelle@ricentral.com

 

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