Judy F. Sulisufaj Kelly

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Location: Baltimore, MD
Founded: 2003
Industry: Beauty and wellness

Judy F. Sulisufaj Kelly

Studio 921 Salon & Day Spa

After a 10-year career with a recruiting and staffing firm, Judy F. Sulisufaj Kelly decided she wanted a new path. Although it was outside her comfort zone, Kelly decided to invest in the salon industry, and the long-time Baltimore City resident set her sights on South Baltimore. She felt the city needed an upscale, yet down-to-earth place to get hair, skin and body services, catering to both women and men. She found a 5,300-square-foot unfinished space at the Foundry on Fort in Locust Point and designed her studio from the ground up.

Quick Tip: “I try to always demonstrate humility and a willingness to learn and make public mistakes. People want to hear your struggles almost more than they want to hear your triumphs.”

Studio 921 Salon & Day Spa opened in April 2004 with eight employees and now has a staff of more than 35. In fact, the company has grown nearly every year for the past 13 years. “I believe our strong culture and work ethic have been on our side,” Kelly says. “We never get comfortable or complacent, and we are consistent with our beliefs and core values.”

Studio 921 contributes to charities and foundations in South Baltimore and partners with the Casey Cares Foundation. Kelly and her staff volunteer time to various local charities based on client and employee interests. “It feels great to give back to our communities and those who are in need,” she says.