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Alchemy, The Salon Gets Startup Help From Fairfield Grant

Fairfield native Imogene Wilson is the driving force behind Alchemy, The Salon. Photo Credit: Contributed
Fairfield native Imogene Wilson is the driving force behind Alchemy, The Salon. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Alchemy, The Salon has been selected as the recipient of the Fairfield Department of Community & Economic Development’s latest micro-enterprise assistance grant.

The award will enable Alchemy to purchase equipment and cover tenant fit-up and marketing costs associated with its new business location in Fairfield.

A premier beauty salon that offers hair styling and related services to both men and women, Alchemy is run by Fairfield native Imogene Wilson.

Wilson, who has eight years of experience as a hair stylist and colorist in Florida and Connecticut, expressed her gratitude for the assistance.

“We’re very happy with the support that we have received thus far from the Town,” she said. “We look forward to serving the greater Fairfield community for many years to come.”

Alchemy’s grant stems from the Micro-Enterprise Assistance Program, which is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The grant program is intended to provide entrepreneurs with training, technical assistance and startup capital in order to create and sustain viable and productive small businesses in Fairfield.

The program seeks to strengthen and enhance small businesses with the goal of increasing employment opportunities for low and moderate-income persons.

In order to be eligible, applicants must be a recognized form of commercial enterprise that employs five or fewer employees, have its primary operations in Fairfield and be current on all tax obligations.

Since the inception of the program, the Town has assisted more than 35 small businesses.

“We’re delighted to help, and always excited to welcome a new business to Fairfield,” said Mark Barnhart, director of the Department of Community & Economic Development. “Small businesses such as Alchemy have long been the backbone of our economy, and the Micro-Enterprise Program has been a very useful tool in our small business development strategy.”

For more information on the Micro-Enterprise Assistance Program, contact the Department of Community & Economic Development at 203-256-3120.

Alchemy is located at My Salon Suites, 427 Stillson Road. For more information, call 203-650-3496, or click here.

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