Episode 2 Creating a Safe Space where everyone's individuality is celebrated is at the foundation of Gallery Salon in Rochester, NY. Owner Erika Sorbello's inspirational story will speak to anyone who has faced real hardships as owners, business and personal, and persevered. Erika is a shining example of a self-made woman!
Join BOSSY founders Kelly M, Kelly B (on the phone) and members Jordan Betts and Asa Shutts as Erika shares the important work she is doing with NAMI, the National Institute for Mental Illness and how she includes her values and ethics into her business.
Erika’s journey to success was not an easy one and we love how honest this interview is. She shares with us all the successes and learning experiences. Erika went from a small salon on the bottom floor of a house, to opening 2 more right before a recession, closing them and moving to a beautiful space in the Neighborhood of the Arts where she operates out of today.
Gallery Salon is located at 4 Elton Street Rochester, NY 14607
My name is Erika Sorbello and I’m the proud owner, stylist & curator of Gallery Salon. I grew up in a small town in central NY and moved to Rochester in 1997 to pursue an art degree at Nazareth College. After only 2 years, I enrolled in Continental School of Beauty and graduated in 2000. I felt so lucky to have found such a perfect career path for me at such a young age.
After 5 years in the industry, I opened Gallery in 2005 at our original location on University Ave. In 2014 we relocated and expanded to our current home at Elton Street. As an owner working behind the chair, I strive to keep up to date and coach and drive my team to do the same.
We showcase and host an array of local artists, makers and their brands. Gallery Salon always has something new and handmade for you to purchase. I am very proud to say that Gallery Salon offers Gender Neutral Pricing and we are an official Safe Zone!
During my downtime, I’m generally with my greatest achievement, my daughter Viola, or my incredible other half - Nate, or with my friends and family enjoying everything Rochester has to offer. I'm honored to say, Gallery Salon welcomes all, creates beauty and urges uniqueness!
Life has shaped me, molded me, changed me and inspired me into who I am today.