MUSKEGON, MI – The iconic pink house in downtown Muskegon is now a salon.
Krystal George, owner of The TISH salon, had two dreams: owning a salon and owning the pink house on West Clay Avenue. Now, she’s working toward realizing both.
The TISH, 464 W. Clay Ave., opened on Saturday, Jan. 6. It will be a small, appointment-only boutique offering manicures, pedicures and full hair services to start. Later, they’ll add facials, lashes and massage.
“We’re already fully booked out for months,” said George, of Muskegon. “We really just need a space to do what we do, and on our own terms.”
Part of that means using all-natural product lines like Evo, Davines and Eminence, she said.
George and one other stylist will work at the salon. Both bring years of experience and a client list with them. There will be five people working at The TISH.
The business came together in a matter of months after George found out the salon she worked for was moving.
“I’d fantasized about owning this pink house,” George said.
When it went up for sale at the perfect time, she decided it would be a prime location for her salon. The property was purchased by Danial Sybenga and Sarah Rinsema with the understanding that George would open the salon and purchase the property from them later.
The house, known as “The Bright Mansion” was built around 1890.
“We had eight weeks,” George said, of the amount of time allotted get the salon ready to open.
Work included deep cleaning, removing carpet, sanding floors and painting, she said. Much of the wallpaper, the pink exterior and the stained-glass windows remain intact.
Since it hasn’t been used for retail since it was a bridal boutique in the 1990s, people have already been stopping by out of curiosity, George said.
“I want to support downtown Muskegon,” she said. “I’m very passionate about downtown Muskegon. I was born, raised and live here.”
A graduate of Shelby High School in 2000, George grew up in the Lakeside neighborhood. She moved back to Muskegon immediately after high school. George graduated from Booker Institute of Cosmetology in 2003.