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Riva 6 Salon in Southsea

INDULGE YOURSELF WITH BEAUTY, HEALTH & CLINICAL TREATMENTS

We caught up with Katie, one of the owners of the new Riva 6 salon, located where Clarendon Road meets Palmerston Road in Southsea.

Why did you want to open and run a salon in Southsea?

Around six years ago, when my husband and I were visiting our friends in Southsea, we both just fell in love with this place. We both decided that this is the place where one day we want to live.

At the beginning of this year I decided I want to open my own salon. I was searching for the perfect location and first in my mind was London as I had been living there for 12 years. But one day I decided to come back to Southsea and check the market. We were so lucky to find this place was for rent and that was it! In my mind it was my dream place that I always wanted, with huge potential and based in heart of Southsea.

…when my husband and I were visiting our friends in Southsea, we both just fell in love with this place…

Riva 6
Riva 6

My goal was to create not just a beauty salon but a place of elegance and style, where we can introduce clients to beauty, health and clinical treatments…

What is it that you like about Portsmouth?

This is a full time place to live with events, attractions, concerts, all year around, with a beautiful seaside walk too. It just give you all you need, busy live, quiet live, relaxing live. It’s a city for students and at the same time to enjoy your retirement and Southsea is like a cherry on top of Portsmouth delicious cake.

What do you think you offer at Riva 6 that other salons don’t?

My goal was to create not just a beauty salon but a place of elegance and style, where we can introduce clients to beauty, health and clinical treatments not only available  for rich and famous but for everyone. Riva 6 offer the discerning customer a unique experience from moment they walk through our door. Previously I was always working for other people, who were not a beauty therapist by themselves. They didn’t understand what pleasure and happiness they can give to the clients and what this job really is. As an owner but also therapist I will always share my passion and give it all to make sure everyone will receive best possible treatments and walk out relaxed and happy.

Riva 6
Riva 6

Who are your target clientele? Or are you a ‘for everyone’ salon?

We are for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are rich, famous, student, retired, middle class, whatever – we should all be able have a little bit of luxury. And that is our goal. We made this place look posh and beautiful and it may be overwhelming at first time for many people but if you stop, pop in, check our prices you will notice they are just like any other beauty salons around – affordable for everyone. And with our monthly special offers, loyalty cards or pamper deals we are the place you can visit regularly.

What do you people walk away with after visiting you?

Riva 6 will provide a comforting, yet stimulating atmosphere in which customers will be able to relax, both their body and mind. Reconnecting their daily lives to their purpose through a wide range of holistic methods including massage, body work, facial and many others. Riva 6 will establish itself as a destination to which they can always come to escape the stresses of life and rejuvenate their energy, soul and lives.

To find out more about Riva 6 you can visit their Facebook page or on their website:

www.riva6.co.uk

Katie Janikowska is the owner/therapist of Riva 6 with a degree in beauty therapy level 2, 3 and 4 as well as Dermalogica Expert certificate. Katie was a part time teacher in private beauty college in London and has been a beauty therapist since 2001 with five years of experience and certification in admin and sales department.

All photography by Radosław Król.

with our monthly special offers, loyalty cards or pamper deals we are the place you can visit regularly…

Riva 6
Riva 6

Im a local girl with big love for her beautiful city. A Scuba Diving Instructor and Travel Writer/Author by trade and now a trainee teacher, I love being busy and filling my days up with as much as possible. Writing for Strong Island in my free time helps me stay connected with whats going on in Portsmouth and gives me an opportunity to tell everyone about all of the great things that go on here.

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