Mirvat Essi Sande, Salon 515
On this episode of Working: Syracuse, we speak with Mirvat Essi Sande, owner and sole hairstylist of Salon 515, which sits in the heart of Westcott Nation, an eclectic neighborhood known for attracting students, young professionals, artists, and activists. Inside, the salon resembles an apartment, which Sande designed to create the sense that clients were entering her home, and the conversations flow freely. Whether it's a restaurant recommendation, the president's latest tweet, or an escape destination for her or her client's next vacation, Sande enjoys and encourages conversation.

The salon sits above a bar called Taps, a former funeral home owned by Essi Sande's brother and a favorite hangout for those looking to have a beer and catch a Syracuse University game. In fact, two additional businesses — Munjed's and Mom's Diner — on that three-block stretch, are also owned by relatives of Essi Sande, who moved from Jordan to the neighborhood with her 10 siblings in 1968.