Carmella is a haircutter with two children who moved here from South America. She works in a hip independent hair cuttery in the rapidly changing neighborhood of Roscoe Village, on the North Side.
I been here 12 years. I just don’t like the winter, the weather. But summers I like. I’ve been working here for four months. I used to work downtown. I worked in a small shop by the lake on Wacker. I like it here though. I mean, it was good there, but I like the scene better. It’s just closer for me. I have kids. Always you have to make it more convenient when you have kids. My daughter, she’s in first grade. So I have to pick them up, drop them off. The hours are more perfect for me over here.
The area is changing a lot. I used to work by Southport and Newport, like five years ago. But then I went on maternity leave. So I stopped. That was when it started picking up, a lot. Now, forget about it. A lot of people think it’s like a downtown over here. I’m like, “Where downtown?” Roscoe Village. [Laughs.] It’s fun, you know, you can walk around here. The people are nice.