ANSONIA — Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were recently held for two new businesses downtown.
Mabuhay Asian Store opened at 360 Main St. last week, and Ace Cosmetology/Barber Training Center opened Tuesday (Sept. 5) at 370 E. Main St.
Mayor David Cassetti and other officials and dignitaries welcomed both new businesses to the area.
The store, owned by Katrina Corcino of Oxford and Shelton residents Julpha Fernandez and Rachel Deperalta, offers a variety of imported Asian noodles, dips, chips, spices, cooking oils, juices, rice, breads, picked items, desserts and other fresh ingredients typically used in Philippine dishes.
In a press release, the city’s director of constituent services, Greg Martin, said there’s been much positive feedback already from customers about the new market, with many saying the 800-square-foot store “carries lots of difficult-to-find ingredients used in this style of cooking compared to other supermarkets.”
The cosmetology school takes over a space most recently occupied by Savor Lounge. Other previous tenants included Lanza’s and Mustang Sally’s.
The 10,000-square-foot training center is the largest such facility in the state, according to a press release from the city.
The business will employ a staff of 6 to 10, the press release said, and classes for 25 students began Wednesday (Sept. 6).
Haircuts and other services for kids, men and women will be offered to the public at 50 percent off traditional hair care prices, according to the press release.