For Robert Bomba-Gil, it is a homecoming.
The 1995 Shelton High School graduate has opened a hair salon at Howe Avenue and White Street in Shelton with partner John Gil-Bomba.
Bomba Salon will serve both women and men customers at its downtown location.
Bomba-Gil said he is thrilled to return to Shelton after 15 years of making a name for himself in the hair business.
He has worked at salons in Greenwich and Madison and for private clients in New York City. This includes doing hair and makeup tasks in the entertainment industry, such as for people appearing on television.
Bomba-Gil described the new salon’s site as being a somewhat private “V.I.P.” place, with an entrance in the back of a building on White Street.
He expects to continue handling clients that travel from as far away as New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Wednesday at the salon. It was combined with a similar event at C&C Family Automotive, another new business that is next door to the hair salon.
During the ceremony, Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce President Bill Purcell said downtown “is everyone’s neighborhood,” where people can go for services, shopping, dining and other activities. This now includes having your hair done at Bomba Salon, Purcell said.
“It’s a beautiful salon,” Purcell said while joining others on a tour of the establishment during the grand opening.
Shelton Board of Aldermen President John Anglace Jr. said the city welcomes this kind of new business. Anglace said small businesses drive the economy.
“You’re the people who take the risk, you’re the ones who put people to work, and you’re the people who get involved in the community,” Anglace said.
A growing community
Bomba-Gil said he considers Shelton a growing community with the potential for new development, particularly in the retail sector downtown. “I see this beginning to happen,” he said.
His partner, John Gil-Bomba, is originally from Colombia.
According to publicity material, the salon’s owners look forward to “bringing our worldly experience” to Shelton. “If you’re ready for a change and tired of being unheard, we will see you soon,” states the publicity material.
Bomba Salon, at 509-c Howe Ave. (the entrance is off White Street), will be open by appointment only at 203-513-2365.