Take two of Riverside’s longstanding and successful businesses, merge them together and you have one large successful business. 

Owned by Lulia Vula, Europeana Salon is located on Harlem Avenue near Longcommon Road and has been in business for 24 years. Vula’s salon specializes in a range of services, from hair styling to facials, manicures, pedicures and waxing. 

And it will continue and expand its services at a new location, when it joins Salon Elia at 5 Longcommon Road in downtown Riverside.

Salon Elia, formerly known as Basili’s and Pagani, and its owner Bill (Vasili) Paganis is a long-established business at the location. In May 2016, the salon will celebrate 39 years in Riverside.

According to Paganis, the move came quickly; within a week Vula and her crew were moving in to the 5 Longcommon without any disruption to either business. Those stopping in at Salon Elia will notice the shop still has the same bright atmosphere, just more beauty accommodations.

Lulia Vula said she was “very excited” about the move and stressed she feels she could not have brought her business to a better place than in the heart of Riverside. She will be bringing with her current staff and looks forward to working with those already at Salon Elia.

She has already learned what it is like to be in the center of the area at last Friday’s Holiday Stroll. At her former location she never got to be part of the action and was enthused as people stopped at the Longcommon shop to partake in some holiday refreshments and get a look at what is new at Europeana Salon/Salon Elia. 

Vula says she feels like she is in a dream at how everything progressed so quickly and has come to be.

With the merger it will also bring together another member of the Paganis family, Carol, who has been a manicurist at Europeana, will now join her father Bill and brother Frank at Salon Elia.

Stop in to see the new look at 5 Longcommon Road in Riverside and do some Christmas shopping in the form of gift cards or products available. 

It’s good to shop local and Salon Elia/Europeana Salon is one of those places where you can’t go wrong in the gift giving department. It’s a great way to gift that special man or woman in your life.