Jenna Vollono, a resident of New Haven's Westville neighborhood and an East Haven native, was spotted on the corner of Whitney & Trumbull aves. on the opening day of her new business, Hive Hair Studio (93 Whitney Ave., New Haven).
CTNow: Are there any other stylists at Hive Hair or just you?
Jenna Vollono: I usually start singing, "All By Myself" when someone asks that question, but I'm not going to sing for you. it's just me.
CTNow: Where did you work before this?
JV: I worked at Broadway Hair for about five years. I managed there. Then I was at Capture on Crown Street for about a year.
CTNow: Do you have any favorite spots in Westville?
JV: I love Delaney's, Lena's, Bella's... the staples in Westville. The brunch spots. And Balanced Yoga. I love Balanced Yoga. And the Sugar cupcake truck
CTNow: What's your go-to cupcake?
JV: Black Forest.
CTNow: How would you describe your fashion sense?
JV: It's simple, but then I have a few loud pieces to kind of make it interesting. Like, I went to California for a little bit, and I have a lot of jewelry from there that you can't find here in the East. I have my little bangles that I love, from Santa Monica. I bought a lot of stuff while I was out there. I went to Vidal Sassoon Academy to get advanced training, and it was in the promenade so I was constantly buying stuff on my lunch breaks.
CTNow: Where do you shop for clothes in the area?
JV: Goodwill, my sister's closet and the Salvation Army on Crown St. [in New Haven], but there's also this place Sarah's Cupboard in Branford that has some great stuff. I can't see spending a lot of money on clothes. There are so many good clothes you can get for cheap. As long as you have one piece that's really nice, like a jacket that's going to keep you warm and not fall apart on you — I can see spending money on that. And shoes. Shoes are what I do spend money on. Because I feel weird about walking around in someone else's shoes.
CTNow: I feel like there's a deeper message there.
JV: There is! It's like, I don't want to walk a mile in your shoes. I won't do it.
CTNow: Do you listen to any local music?
JV: Seth Adam and Sirens.