Owner of International Salon, Emma Potievski Sherby, has been an iconic figure in Rittenhouse Square since 1976. Coming from the Soviet Union in 1973 as a registered nurse, she began working at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital realizing quickly she would rather help people feel good than cope with illness.

Receiving a Cosmetology license was the door to success that has kept the door at 1714 Samson Street open today! Her mother after retiring from an old age home came on as the receptionist and her daughter, Natasha received her Cosmetology license in 1987, making this a family business.

Their success is due to dedication, hard work and the love of making their clients feel good about themselves.