Hats Off Hair Design

Hats Off Hair Design

Hats off Hair Design


Collecting old hats was just something Greta Michels liked to do as a hobby – so was experimenting with people’s hair. Given these two facts, it’s only natural that she now owns Hats Off Hair Design in downtown Ishpeming.

Nearing twenty years in business, the full-service salon resides in a historic building, previously home to a dress shop and antique store. With the addition of a fireplace and tasteful decorating, Hats Off offers a unique environment, critical to business, Michels said.

“It’s nice to have a building where people are surprised when they walk in. I consider it different. I think it’s pretty laid back, relaxing, and homey.”

Michels originally began her business on Bank Street with three employees and a massage therapist. Now, the salon features five service chairs, a nail technician who does manicures and pedicures, waxing services, and massage therapy. Hats Off also sells antiques, local hand-made goods, and other merchandise.

“I was scared at first to run this business,” Michels said. “I worked hard to build it up, and now I’ve done it. We’re pretty established now, and I’m happy.”

Michels has established herself in the community as well, having lived here since age twelve. Most of the employees are local too, with three of them being relatives, and almost all of them having family ties to the area.

“I graduated from Negaunee High School, and I grew up here,” Michels said. “It’s nice to know I’m close to home and the community.”

Granted, running a business in a small community is not always easy, but Michels feels that she has a strong customer base, and is confident that the rewards far outweigh the drawbacks. She doesn’t advertise much, but rather relies on word of mouth and the hard work that she and the ladies of Hats Off Hair Design do for their customers.

“I like to make people look good and feel good,” Michels said. “There aren’t many jobs out there where you can see and create a transformation in people.”

If you would like to make an appointment with Hats Off Hair Design, call:

906- 485-4215

Please call ahead to ensure someone will be there, as the stylists have different hours. They also take walk-ins.

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