Anthony Lullo’s Hair Designs plans to move this week around the corner to 721 South Blvd.
Build-out of the interior space of the yellow brick structure commonly known as the David Noyes Building began about a month and a half ago, Lullo said.
Lullo will lease space in the building until the sale of the entire building is complete. Alex Troyanovsky owns the building now.
The 1,000-square-foot space is a downsize from its 122 N. Oak Park Ave. location. So why move?
“Rents are too high,” said Tony Lullo, who owns the salon. “For what they’re charging for rent, basically that would be your mortgage.”
When Lullo opened on Oak Park Avenue 11 years ago, his rent was $2,900, he said. It’s now $4,600.
Lullo pointed to other business owners on The Avenue who have felt similarly, such as Boulevard Fine Arts owner David Manola, who moved his gallery to a building he bought on Madison Avenue in Forest Park, and Spiro Papageorge, of Papaspiros Greek Taverna, who has expressed interest in buying the corner building Thyme & Honey used to occupy at South Boulevard and Oak Park Avenue.
Lullo said David Noyes will lease the eastern first-floor space of the building.
The new location has other benefits, too, such as better parking and being around the corner from his old space.
“We just wanted to stay in the area, so moving a block and a half is the idea,” he said.