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MVP Studio and Spa cuts ribbon on upscale salon on Ridge Road, filling old Chop Shop space

Owner Michaela Vaughan excited to bring hair, nails, skin, wax, and other services to high-profile location

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (August 25, 2021) – Lisa Vaughan paused for a moment to hold back tears while looking into her daughter’s new studio and salon on Ridge Road.

“I’m very proud. Very proud of her,” she said.

In the Tuesday morning heat, local leaders, business owners, and family members gathered around Michaela Vaughan as she cut the ribbon in front of MVP Studio and Spa, located at 3322 Ridge Road.

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The ribbon snaps, signifying a new chapter for owner Michaela Vaughan as well as 3322 Ridge Road, the former home of Chop Shop. From left to right: Lansing Trustee Leo Valencia, Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce Director Amy Todd, Michaela Vaughan, Tim Powell, and Mayor Patty Eidam. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

Vaughan is excited to bring all kinds of salon and beauty services to the remodeled interior of the building, which formerly housed Chop Shop. According to Chop Shop’s website, the business had been operating in Lansing for roughly 30 years before relocating to Indiana.

Michaela Vaughan (cream dress) poses with her boyfriend and family after cutting the ribbon on her new business. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

Journey to business ownership

“It’s been a long time,” Vaughan said at the ribbon-cutting, reflecting on her journey to opening her own business.

The 33-year-old started in a corporate job, but took steps toward following her true passion — becoming a skincare specialist. In addition to her prior salon experience, Vaughan attended esthetician school and graduated last year, ready to open her own business.

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A newly remodeled studio will welcome new patrons once MVP Studio hires more stylists. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
MVP Studio will offer all types of services including hair, make-up, wax, nails, skin, and more. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
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Michaela Vaughan is eager to hire people so she can start serving clients. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

Now hiring

Vaughan is currently hiring individuals to provide, hair, make-up, nail, and other beauty services. Interested applicants can apply at, fill out this Google Form, or visit the studio.

MVP Studio and Spa does not currently have a booking system set up yet, but will soon as more staff join Vaughan’s team.

MVP Studio and Spa is located at 3322 Ridge Road in Lansing.


Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.