Frances Martinez, executive director of the North Shore Latino Business Association, said Saturday’s grand opening of Tanairy’s Beauty Salon in Wyoma Square was an historic event for the district.
“This is the first Latino-owned business in Wyoma Square and this shows how the community is changing and how Latinos are reaching out to all the areas in the community,” said Martinez.
Mayor Judith Flanagan joined Tanairy’s owner Juana Morillo at the ribbon-cutting ceremony while State Representative Robert Fennell and City Council President Timothy Phelan presented congratulatory citations to Morillo.
“It’s a great location and I’m sure it will attract even more visitors to what has become our real area of commerce in the city,” said Flanagan. “The Route 129 corridor that runs down from Wyoma Square to Boston Street has become just like a second downtown as far as commercial industry goes.”
Morillo has been in the beauty industry since 1977 and an instructor at beauty schools in Malden and Lawrence for the past 12 years. She previously owned a beauty salon on Chestnut Street that was lost in a fire four years ago. She had been working at a hair studio on Essex Street before deciding to open her own salon.
“It’s very exciting to open up my own salon,” said Morillo. “I feel we have a great location here in the square and I hope people will stop in and say hello. I feel we have a lot to offer our clients.”