COMPANY HISTORY

Cofounders, Elena Solitario and Paul Pastore, opened Pilo Arts in 1978. Since its inception, Pilo Arts has been committed to customer service, quality work, a professional atmosphere and a successful staff. These goals are accomplished through constant awareness of customer needs, and the continuous education and training of staff members. Pilo Arts looks to the future, accepting all new challenges with enthusiasm. Extraordinary Client Relationships and Passionate Service are key to our success.

At its inception, in 1978, Pilo was magnificent. Spanning 3,200 square feet, it was architecturally pleasing with straight lines, white walls, and silver tiles. By its second year, Pilo experienced a 50% growth in clientele. By 1984, the staff grew from 15 to 50.

1985  Pilo started a training academy for cutting and coloring. Paul, a creative and talented artist, headed the training. His students became the new stars at Pilo, each becoming extremely successful. Today, 95% of the salon's colorists and stylists are comprised of students who graduated from Pilo's Masters Academy.

1986  Pilo ventured out to pioneer uncharted avenues by constructing a 3,200 square foot Day Spa, whose posh and relaxing atmosphere was the first of its kind in Brooklyn. Further changes in the early 90's emphasized relaxation, and thus innovative services were introduced.

1998  The salon undergoes a $800,000 facelift. The décor reflects the coming of a new age, the millennium. It incorporated practical aspects of functionality, productivity, environmental awareness, and respect for the traditional marketing needs of glamour and elegance. A blend of Rome and the Orient, the salon incorporates earth tones, natural material, rice paper dividers, copper and steel workstations with light natural wood cabinetry and Bella Terra floors. It is truly gorgeous!

1999  Pilo Arts was granted admission into Intercoiffure, the nation's elite organization for salons. Membership into Intercoiffure is highly prized. Salons recognized by Intercoiffure bring artistry and style into the fashion world.

1999  Pilo Arts was granted admission into the International SPA Association (ISPA). To achieve member status, Pilo's Day Spa had to meet high standards of excellence in the Spa Industry and pledge to abide to the ISPA Code of Ethics.

1999  Pilo Arts was accepted into Salon Today 200 and recognized as one of the top 200 Salons in North America, not only for its growth but for the standards that it sets in the beauty industry.

1999  Pilo Arts is recognized for donating over $100,000 in services a year to charitable organizations and civic groups.

1999  Pilo opens a 600 square foot Bridal Boutique, the first of its kind in the industry. It will revolutionize the hair care industry just as Day Spas did in the 1980's. Pilo also expands the styling area and now has over 7,000 square feet of service space with a staff of over 100.

2003  Elena & Paul are honored by The Federation of Italian-American Organizations with the Humanitarian of the Year Award, in recognition of Pilo's commitment to the community through the years.

2003  Elena is honored by The Federation of Italian-American Society with the Woman of the Year Award, in recognition of Pilo's commitment to the community through the years.

2003  Pilo Arts celebrates its 25 Year Anniversary by committing $1 Million Dollars in services to charities and civic organizations. This commitment was met by May 2003 and by year end Pilo Arts will have donated over $2 Million Dollars.

2003  Pilo Arts receives the Repechage SPA DE BEAUTE of the YEAR award, recognizing Pilo Arts as a leader in the international day spa industry.


 

2007, 2008 & 2009  Pilo Arts is honored by Schwarzkopf Hair Color as being a leading National Account, and by Paramount Beauty Distributors as being one of the top 5 color salons in the State of New York.  Click below for details.

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2011  Pilo Arts is honored by Schwarzkopf Hair Color as being a leading National Account, and by Paramount Beauty Distributors as being one of the top 5 color salons in the State of New York for 2010.  That is the fourth year in a row!  (Click here to read)

2011  Pilo Arts Year End Letter (click here to read)

2012  Pilo Arts is honored by Schwarzkopf Hair Color as being a leading National Account, and by Paramount Beauty Distributors as being one of the top 5 color salons in the State of New York for 2011.  That is five years in a row! (Click here to read)

Pilo Arts officially ranked as one of the top 5 new york color salons for 2011.

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Pilo Arts Day Spa & Salon
8412 Third Avenue
Bay Ridge, New York 11209 USA
718.748.7411