In 1993, Effie Andriotis was 19 years old. Just out of hairdressing school, she joined Nic Mancini’s salon. Run out of his house on Riverside Avenue, it was one of Westport’s most popular spots.
Four years later, he retired. Effie moved on.
At 26, she opened her own place on Post Road East. She remained there — opposite Calise’s — for 17 years. Effi’s Salon (there is no “e”) developed a large and loyal clientele.
All along, Effie kept in touch with Nic — “an amazing guy.”
All along too, she thought fondly of Riverside Avenue.
Driving around several months ago, she saw a “For Sale” sign in front of the property. Immediately, she called Nic. He’d put it up just the night before.
Effie said, “Take it down. I’m buying it!”
That was no idle chatter. She did.
Which is how Effie is right back where she started, a quarter century ago. Her clients have followed her there.
“I feel like I never left,” she says. “I love the water. And everything is so alive down here!”
Especially now that Effie is back.