MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) - The Daniel's Hair Styling Academy is one of the oldest business in Muskegon Heights. It opened in the 1960's and since 1982 has been owned by Beverly Hilton. The school is surrounded by buildings with broken windows and padlocked doors - signs of businesses that either closed or left Muskegon Heights.
Hilton says she'll do everything possible to keep her school open. "As long as my health holds up, I will be here," she says.
The economy in Muskegon County has hit the school hard. At one time as many as 80 students were enrolled to become cosmetologists. Now enrollment is around 20. For many, job loss is the reason they are at the school.
John Johnson of Muskegon worked for three decades at the now closed Sappi paper mill. Now, he's following in his daughter's footsteps and pursuing a degree in cosmetology.
"When one door closes, another opens, that's how it goes," said Johnson.