Elan Vitale Salon & Day Spa
The home of Elan Vitale Salon & Day Spa – the house at 172 West Main Street – has a great deal of history since it was built in 1914 by well-known local businessman Samuel L. Lambert. Lambert originally built this home as well as the famed Reeta Hotel and Lambert Theatre in Welland. The Welland County General Hospital purchased the house in 1919 and converted it to Sunniholme Rooms in 1932. “The home away from home”, operated as a rooming house for many years. The Nero family in Welland later took over the house.
Since 1988, 172 West Main Street turned its focus to salon and spa services when prominent local hairstylist Barry Maurice and his wife Cheryl purchased the house. Barry was well-known for his creativity and flare, especially when it came to those who enjoyed punk rock.
Barry owned the salon until the year 2000 when his daughter Lisa Maurice took over and opened Elan Vitale. Through her years of ownership, Lisa and her husband went to great lengths to restore the house to its original glamour through countless restoration projects.
Elan Vitale grew its customer base from quality products and superior service. It still holds this status within the community today. Under the ownership of Maurice, Elan Vitale has won a number of Reader’s Choice awards for Best Day Spa (2003 – 2005) as well as a number of podium finishes for Horticultural gardens between 2001 and 2005.
In 2007, Lisa Sheptenko and Jeremy Rocca met with Maurice to discuss purchasing the business. In August, the pair of young entrepreneurs made a leap of faith and took over the operation.
Elan Vitale has modern decor to fit their target market, while still maintaining its original charm through lots of hard work. The effort did not go unrecognized. The 2007- 2010 Reader’s Choice Awards recognized Elan Vitale as the “Best” in the following categories:
Just this past November, stylist and employee, Nikki Fairlie, purchased Elan Vitale Salon & Day Spa. Nikki has been working as a hairstylist for Elan Vitale since 2008. Elan Vitale is on the fast track to even more success with Nikki in the forefront. Nikki plans to grow the establishment to new heights with her determination and passion. Ms. Fairlie is excited and passionate about Welland and small businesses. She will use her veteran status and 10 years of industry experience to expand services and connect with the community.
She is keen on fair trade, ethical business practices, and a “green approach” in the beauty industry.
With the change of hands, Elan Vitale welcomed local online business “Leaf & Bud Naturals” cosmetics, skin, and body care boutique into the lobby. Leaf & Bud products are entirely natural, without hidden toxins or contaminates. Many of these products are vegan, gluten free, and Canadian made!
Our goal is to make each customer feel that they have not only received a service, but an experience. By supporting Elan Vitale our clients should feel that they are part of community growth and an ethical small business!