Fifth Ward Alderman Delores Holmes, left, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, second from right, and Township Supervisor Patricia Vance, right, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Studio SLK, owned by Olawale Kadiri and Sandy Lewis Kadiri, center.  RoundTable photo

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Sandy Lewis Kadiri is home-grown and college-educated but schooled also in health and beauty. A graduate of Evanston Township High School and Grambling State University, she worked in the City of Evanston’s Health Department and at the Executive Studio Hair Salon for several years. In late March, she and her husband, Olawale Kadiri, opened Studio SLK at 1934 Maple Ave.

The mission of this new salon is to provide a “hair retreat for the modern woman of color,” says Ms. Lewis Kadiri. The retreat, by interior designer Brittany Scurry, contains a bright reception area, one private and two larger rooms for hair and nail treatment and a kitchen that can be used by customers and employees alike. Women who arrive after work for an appointment may not have had time for a meal before their evening begins, Ms. Lewis Kadiri said.

The salon, Ms. Lewis Kadiri says, will “provide the best possible services, products, experience and education … engage with and listen and respond to customers … and … incorporate cutting-edge trends in our industry.”

Mary Gavin

Mary Gavin is the founder of the Evanston RoundTable. After 23 years as its publisher and manager, she helped transition the RoundTable to nonprofit status in 2021. She continues to write, edit, mentor...