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New Salon Celebrates Grand Opening On West Avenue In Norwalk

Rica Mendes has opened a new beauty salon, Yaffa Beauty, on West Avenue in Norwalk.
Rica Mendes has opened a new beauty salon, Yaffa Beauty, on West Avenue in Norwalk. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. - Yaffa Beauty by Rica officially opened its doors in Norwalk with a grand opening on Feb. 6.

Owner Rica Mendes hosted new clients with a refreshments, a raffle and more during the party at 515 West Ave, Salons by JC, Suite No. 32, in Norwalk.

"I know clients and friends were surprised by this move," Mendes said. "It seems spontaneous, but the reality is that I've been planning this since the day I was assigned the task of putting together a business plan in cosmetology school."

Mendes, a graduate of the Paul Mitchell School of Danbury, was a part of Phase 2, the high honors program, and attended Caper, the Paul Mitchell School's equivalent to The Gathering, a 3-day intensive workshop and showcase. Labeled a "visionary" by instructors, cosmetology is Mendes' second career.

Prior to this, Mendes was a Project Manager and Web Marketing Director in the corporate world. But, after layoffs and challenges finding appropriate work, Mendes realized that a change was overdue.

"I had gone to school with the intent on having a career in the arts. Even when my heart was 'into' the work I was doing, I still did not feel fulfilled.'' Mendes said. "I needed to do something creative. With my background in Mary Kay Cosmetics, I knew that the beauty industry was recession-proof, so I decided to finally get my license."

Learn more about Yaffa Beauty by Rica on the company website .

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