Virginia and Company has stood the test of time, being one of the businesses that have grown with the city of Pittston. The full service salon in downtown Pittston recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.
“Being in the Pittston area has meant everything,” said salon owner Virginia Despirito. “Its nice being (part of) and seeing the growth of the area.”
Virginia and Company’s background has always been in beauty. Despirito used to go to a salon in Pittston called Your Father’s Mustache, where she began her fascination with cosmetology. Virginia went to Jerry Tone Beauty School and her sister, Rose, went to beauty school through a vocational-technical school.
After graduating, both sisters knew they wanted to go into cosmetology. Their parents helped them with that dream by buying their daughters the building at 77 S. Main St., which houses the salon and apartments.
“My parents were very supportive of what we wanted to do, even while we were in high school,” Virginia said.
Virginia and Rose are very proud of their accomplishments and the longevity and success of the salon.
“Our parents emigrated from Italy to have a better life for themselves and family, so being able to build this business makes them very proud,” Virginia said.
Downtown Pittston has been revitalized over the past several years with a new look and also new business arriving in the city. Virginia and Company has been part of that revitalization.
“ It’s amazing what the town looks like, it’s bringing life to the town and new faces,” Virginia said. “The city officials have been huge supporters of our business and have helped out with providing grants and helping with the reconstruction of the front end of the salon.”
Being a successful business for 30 years requires commitment and an emphasis on building relationships. Virginia said the goal at the salon is to treat clients like family and to get to know the personalities of the people who come into the shop.
“We don’t say clients when we speak to one another, we say family,” she said.
That sense of family extends to the greater community. Virginia and Company prides itself on giving back to the community that has helped make the salon a success.
They started working with the American Cancer Society, fitting women for wigs and teaching a class called “Feel Good/Look Better;” that helps women who are going through the side effects of cancer. Virginia said they wanted to offer their services as an uplifting experience to show women who are battling an illness that they can still have a positive outlook on who they are and how they look.
Her other advice for fellow entrepreneurs is to “keep it simple and stay humble.” She said this attitude has helped keep the salon popular and relevant.
Another way to remain successful is to keep up with the new trends. She said this is especially important for a salon. Rose’s daughter, Bianca Tuttle, along with stylist Jess Wozniak, help Virginia and Company stay on the cutting edge of style.
“They bring a breath of fresh air, a youthfulness to the business,” Virginia said of the younger stylists.