Sobeida Sánchez was born in the Dominican Republic. She started her career 20 years ago as a professional hair stylist in her country (D.R) and then in New York. 17 years ago she moved to Orlando, saved money and opened her own salon. In 2002, Sobeida’s dream came true when she opened a salon on East Colonial Drive, Orlando, Florida. She named it Empire Beauty Salon, reflecting her New York background. Orlando residents obviously weren’t impressed.