1017 West Baltimore Street
A family-oriented business, Class Cuts Beauty Salon will continue to offer a rich tapestry of hair services under the creative and technical expertise of Ms. Smith, an expert stylist and colorist.
CLASS CUTS BEAUTY SALON, was and always will be a cozy and cultural oasis, whose upscale interior reflects the personality, taste and sophistication of Smith's unique and holistic business-style will look to continue its special climate within a new homebase. It offers all who enter, an urban escape into a sister world of music, art, and female TLC.
If you're ever in the neighborhood, drop by to say "Hello".
ABOUT THE OWNER
Patti Smith, first thought about a career in cosmetology at the tender age of 11 while accompanying her sister Irvena to the beauty shop. A curious and ambitious young girl, she was amazed at how well the beauticians styled her sister's coarse and thick mane. It intrigued and delighted her to watch how the beauticians worked, talked and could still have fun. Mrs. Smith remembers thinking, "I can do that".
While a student at Carver Vocational Technical High School, Smith, then just 14, started visiting and working at local beauty shops. Named "Outstanding Student" in her 1977 class, Patti graduated Cosmetology in 1977, and passed the MD State Cosmetology Board Examination on her first try, a rare accomplishment.
Patti's first real job and formal professional training came in 1977, when hired at Hutzler's Department Store downtown Baltimore, by S & L Glemby's International Beauty Salon. Patti became a history maker as one of three African-American stylists hired for the 1st time by Hutzler's via a rigorous interview process in which Patti proved she could do white, black, and all types of hair with exceptional results.
In late 1977 - early 1978, Hutzler's promoted new black hair care services through a display window of Patti's and another black stylist blow-drying black clients. A full Press & Ad Campaign followed with specials & disco styles to attact Blacks to the store. Patti's first formal training was by S&L Glemby International through professional hands-on technical training seminars from visits of national S&L Glemby salon hair stylists. The Black stylists trained in haircut and chemical techniques, with technical points on customer service & satisfaction, along with hands-on salon and hair professional etiquette.
S&L Glemby International later opened it's first "Black Hair Is" services/products line based on the growing clientele attracted by downtown Hutzler's. During her years at S&L Glemby International, Patti became the preferred hair stylist for a diverse Hutzler's clientele due to her excellent customer service, business know-how, personality, and her technique in providing expert hair care. Patti competed with white stylists for diverse clientele. After Hutzler's, Patti worked with several local shops where conflicts presented when her advanced hair care and styling expertise exceeded that of the owners. Soon, this led to a decision to open her own business.
Class Cuts Beauty Salon is a family-oriented business. "A salon business should reflect the people who patronize the business. It should be comfortable, and there should be humor within a community-like atmosphere".
The first Class Cuts Salon opened at 4611 Edmondson Avenue in 1983. Although "people including my mom, wanted me to get a more secure career such as a federal job at SSA, hair care was my passion". Black hair care was at its beginning, and most women were not starting businesses", says Smith. After 2 years, the Edmondson Avenue area produced challenges, so Smith looked for a larger space and more convenient location. The shop relocated to 2013 N. Charles Street 1985. There for six years, Class Cuts Beauty Salon moved to 315 W. Madison Street in 1991, and was a well-known business fixture in the Mt. Vernon area for 15 years.
Planned urban development along West Baltimore's central business district that would relocate or close those area businesses led to Smith's decision to move her business to southwest Baltimore in 2005. After 9 years of success in the emerging SOWEBO business community, Patti has survived the U.S. Recession since 2008, but not without some impacts. Now, she adapts to change and has made a decision to relocate the salon, but to remain in SOWEBO.
"Each time I make a change, I get vibes and if I don't feel it, I get out of there. I always look for a convenient location for all of my customers anywhere in the Fells Point, Federal Hill, or southwest Baltimore UM area. I prayed about it, and I found my new location on nearby West Baltimore Street. I've found convenience for my clients on regular transportation routes, near local businesses, beltway access, and available parking. I want to thank the many clients who have supported the Class Cuts Salon business over many years. I truly appreciate you".
"Change was meant to be...everything is going smooth and I'm confident that my committed clients will support the move. I am thankful for the new customers gained since moving to SOWEBO - such a blessing. As soon as I met my new business partners and toured their hair and spa location, I knew ..."
Story updated by: Jean Cooper (5/21/14)
Class Cuts Beauty Salon, 1017 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21223, Phone: 410-935-6449/410-783-2696 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hours of Operation
Wednesdays: 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Fridays: 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Saturdays: 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Please contact us anytime! We look forward to hearing from you.
Hint: Visit my webpage at www.classcuts.biz
HAIR CARE SHARE
Call Patti - I invite and encourage you to relax & relate to other women like yourself at Class Cuts@Total Serenity! Serving a diverse clientele of professional business and working women - Walk-ins are welcomed. Call for an appointment at 410-935-6449/410-783-2696.
*If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Patti Smith at: email@example.com
Beauticians are hair magicians
they can transform a
wilderbeast into a princess
These funky-fresh operators, definitely have the gift
to turn nappy knots into finger-snapping, heel-stomping
They Got The Gift, They Got The Gift, They Got The Gift!!!!!!!