In 1973, a young cosmetology teacher named Larry purchased a small beauty school on the second floor building in downtown Baltimore on the corner of Fayette and Howard Street. The school was called Baltimore Studio of Hair Design and it resided in a narrow space shared by a Chiropractic Office and was the cosmetology training center for 16 students and their two instructors. Little did Larry know at the time, but over 35 years later this little school would eventually expand to a much larger building, add two more locations, hire over 30 staff members and become one of Maryland’s top Cosmetology training academies where over 250 students attend annually.
In the mid 1970’s, “The Studio” as called by locals in the community started off with a few students and a public clinic that worked with about 10 clients per week. Over the years the school grew with the community and eventually, “the Studio” expanded to all three levels of the building on the corner of Fayette and Howard and increased its clinic work to service an average of around 200 clients per week. In late 2001, after Baltimore City approved the Center Point Project, Baltimore Development Corporation worked with Baltimore Studio on relocating the school 3 blocks north to its present location at 318 North Howard Street.
The first school expansion took place in 1985, when Larry purchased Maryland Beauty Academy which was located in Garrison Forest Shopping Center in Owings Mills, Maryland. After a few years in this location, Maryland Beauty Academy relocated to its present location in the Chartley Park Shopping Center a few miles down the road in Reisterstown, Maryland. It was during this time that Maryland Beauty Academy started working with community programs such as Senior Connection, where the elderly and handicap visit the clinic to have cosmetology services performed by students under teacher supervision.
In 1991, the Maryland Beauty Academy - Essex became part of the family. This school located at 7930 Eastern Avenue holds regular Hair and Fashion Competitions hosted by the students and staff and is sponsored by many local businesses and gives students the chance to show off their talent and skills they have learned. The Essex location has also participated in The Kennedy Krieger Christmas Tree Drive, where a committee of students and staff dress up a “themed” tree for charity.
Over the past 35 years, the schools have seen multi-generations patronize our clinic and attend and graduate from our Cosmetology programs. With a strong emphasis on reputation and community, Baltimore Studio of Hair Design and Maryland Beauty Academy look forward to continuing to serve the public for years to come!