News Release -- Mayor Warren Welcomes Metro Salon to NOTA


City of Rochester

News Release 


(Wednesday, May 30, 2018) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren welcomed Metro Salon, owned by Stefania Buonomo, to the Neighborhood of the Arts this morning.

“I am so excited to see yet another female entrepreneur thriving in the city of Rochester,” Mayor Lovely Warren said. “Stefania has carved out a niche in the beauty industry, and it’s exciting to watch her business grow, creating more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities.”

The salon is located in a former industrial space at 1255 University Ave., in the Neighborhood of the Arts. The open floor plan, flooded with natural light, also serves as an event space for transformational events such as sound baths, chants, solstice parties and meditations.

Services include scalp massages, aromatherapy, organic facials and more. Soon the salon will add lymphatic body massage and skin brushing.

“Metro Salon is adding ritual to our lives, self-care, loving ourselves…..then taking steps to incorporate all of Nature into our body’s skin, hair and the invisible part of ourselves: our conscious state,” Buonomo said.

Metro Salon opened in 2003 on Gibbs Street. This relocation and expansion allows Buonomo to create 10 more jobs with plans to add more in the near future.

Buonomo was born in Italy and her family migrated to the United States in the 1970s when she was 2.

Initially she sought a career in law, but she realized her true calling after spending a summer in a salon helping a friend. She spent time in New York City as an assistant at Frederic Fekkai, a French celebrity hairstylist, and moved back to Rochester to start her own business.

Stefania has her own product line using plant based ingredients called Mimo Seven, and the salon features one of the few infrared saunas (a natural healing method) in Rochester.

The salon received a $35,000 loan from the Business Development Financial Assistance Program, and a $5,000 grant from the Targeted Business Assistance Program. Both programs are administered with CDBG dollars.


For more information contact Press Officer Jessica Alaimo at 428-7135.