The owner of a long-standing Woodlawn salon is showing off a new look. If you’ve been to 55th Place South in Woodlawn for the Woodlawn Street Market, you’ve probably passed It’s Linda’s beauty salon. Next time, make sure to stop in! Or you can call Linda James to make an appointment, and you’ll get to see the upgrades Linda has recently given her space.
Linda has been cutting, coloring and styling hair for more than twenty-five years, and she’s graced Woodlawn with her skills since 2000. Linda tells us she loves her craft, because she gets to meet interesting people on the regular. And you know it’s a sweet gig when you make your own schedule!
She also told us about how Woodlawn has improved over the past six years. According to Linda, before REV began renovating the block her salon calls home, the area was mostly vacant. Now there’s more foot traffic, including the new customers she’s had walk in from the Woodlawn Street Market.
So we asked her: Why Woodlawn? “Every neighborhood has its own issues. There are problems everywhere! But I love this area, so I stick with it here!”
Linda recently knocked down walls in her space, creating an open atmosphere. She also added a work station. Now, she’s looking for more talent to fill her space! Calling all barbers, aestheticians, hair stylists, and nail technicians! If you are highly-motivated, a self-starter, and you want to be part of Woodlawn’s growth, It’s Linda’s wants you! For inquiries about appointments or partnerships, call Linda at (205) 591-4055.
Magic City Match is a program that transforms lives and opens doors for Black entrepreneurs and business owners. Led by REV Birmingham and powered by Prosper, this initiative aims to create opportunities for Black-owned businesses by matching them with brick-and-mortar spaces where they can thrive. After a successful pilot program in 2022, Magic City Match is back in action and ready to empower a new wave of entrepreneurs.
One of the most legendary and storied neighborhoods of Birmingham is Woodlawn. It is a community, anchored by one of the great public high schools of Birmingham, that has produced many citizens who contributed to the life of our city and has had an impact beyond the neighborhood itself. In a short post like this true justice cannot be done to the rich heritage and legacy of Woodlawn. However, we hope that this narrative brings together many of the diverse threads that make up the fabric of the community’s historic arc in a concise piece.
This month’s vendor spotlight highlights Easy Breezy, a local, low-waste shop founded by Brianna Deere. Dedicated to helping others reduce waste and providing inexpensive, non-toxic cleaning supplies, Brianna began selling to the public for the first time at the April 2023 Woodlawn Street Market.