A glittering evening of glamour and sparkling toasts got underway last Friday 10th as the team from Marco Leonetti’s Utopia celebrated the official opening of its second hair salon in Walpole Avenue, Douglas.
Also named Utopia, the salon will be managed by Giulio Fabrizio, with Alex Clarke managing Purité beauty. Both offer an intimate and luxurious setting closer to the town centre in which to experience a full range of services and beauty treatments. The opening comes as part of a series of large-scale investments from Marco which, in June last year, saw the salon’s 17 year old Castlemona Colonnade premises transformed to an ultra-modern space at a cost of £85,000. The refurbishment marked the salon’s commitment to reinvesting in what Marco then termed ‘a promising and constantly maturing economy’, a sentiment which is reflected again in the opening of the Walpole Avenue quarters.
Marco moved to the Isle of Man aged two and, having studied locally, went on to win UK Student of the Year Award in 1978, along with a range of other industry accolades. He has also competed in two European and one World Championship and was nominated for the prestigious Global Salon Business Awards. Marco first went in to business aged just 18 and together with his daughter Daniella, Managing Director of Purité Beauty Salons, has been at the forefront of luxury beauty treatment and hair care on the Isle of Man for over 35 years.
Commenting on the grand opening, Marco enthused: “At Utopia, we’ve always aimed to be the best at what we do and this comes from developing our staff and from listening to our customers with real intent. It is they who have contributed to our success so far and it is they who will continue to support us throughout this expansion. We on the Island need to have the confidence to invest in ourselves and invest in our customers, but none of this is possible if we don’t have the confidence in our team. I would like to thank every single person who attended our launch and for getting us to this point. It was a lovely evening in stunning surroundings with stunning people, and I have no doubt that 2014 will be a fantastic year for all!”