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Susan’s story



After practicing as a Hospital Social Worker for 10 years Rue 48 Salon owner Susan Maki decided to take a leap and follow her dream of becoming a hairstylist, with hopes of opening her own Aveda salon.

In 2009, having worked behind the chair at an Aveda Salon as a successful manager and stylist for 7 years, Susan then decided it was time to create her own unique space and brand that spoke to her passions and inspirations.

Rue 48 Salon was designed by Susan as well as local designers and consultants using mostly recycled and organic materials.  Rue 48 opened in December 2009 during a recession, but it wasn’t long after opening that Rue 48 hit their stride and was recognized nationally in 2010 by Salon Today (National Salon Magazine), for being a unique and sustainably-focused salon.

Susan has championed and grown this grassroots salon to a well-respected and efficient operation. Whenever possible, Rue 48 actively partners with neighboring businesses--from the local coffee we serve (Sovereign Grounds) to the art hanging on the wall (created by Janet Maris Gilbert) and the products we use (Aveda)--to create a unique, friendly and eclectic atmosphere.

Susan has focused on creating a high-energy neighborhood salon, achieving a ‘Top 200’ Salons Award in 2013 Nationwide by Salon Today in the category of ‘Growth’.

The Rue 48 team and leadership are unique in how we care for our community, our clients and the environment surrounding us.