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Founded in May of 2016, The Artisan Company is a Salon and Spa based on the idea that positive creative energy can change you, your life, and the World.  With a dedicated team of passionate, and highly skilled artists, our goal is to bring out your inner beauty and confidence, through the art of hair, skin, health, and relaxation. Enjoy our naturally sustainable product line Davines and our hand-made gifts. The Artisan Company Salon and Spa is located in the Heart of Historic REO town, Lansing, Michigan. A community of love, art, and family. We welcome you to join us for a truly new salon experience. Let your imagination run wild and transform into the beauty you were meant to be.”

-Owner, Jason Franks



Jason Franks


Jason Franks, a graduate of the Douglas J. Aveda Institute in East Lansing Michigan, brings a true passion not only for hair and art, but people as well.

With a background in Music and Theater, his flare for the dramatic and innovation quickly allowed his one-man-show to evolve into the production that has become: The Artisan Company,  a salon based on the premise that creative people need a home.  A home that can allow them to not only create and flourish, but to be surrounded by like minded peers who want to break boundaries and give their guests a unique experience that they can carry with them, all day every day.

As an artist, Jason is a Professional Stylist and specializes in Hair Color.  From the beautifully natural to the avant garde, Jason has specific training in advanced balayage, ombre, color correction, vivid color application and he’s  always up for any challenge!  The best part of his job Jason says, is the reveal… and then the smile.

erin-wichman-stylist-finalErin Wichman

Lead Stylist

Erin Wichman has been doing hair professionally for four years and has never gotten bored being able to create a piece of art through coloring or cutting hair. Erin brings so much to the Artisan team, as an individual who is not only down to earth, but creative and bubbly as well!

When Erin was fifteen, she began working at her first salon, learning the ins and outs of how the industry worked, and for every high school dance getting everyone looking their best with a pretty up-do. This is where her love for wedding hair developed. Erin loves being a part of her client’s special day, making them feel beautiful inside and out. Erin has always loved doing hair and being creative, but she really connects with her passion when she see’s big smiles or tears when she makes them feel beautiful.

When someone sits in Erin’s chair, it is her mission to connect with that person and not only serve a client, but make a friend as well.

Colton James Hughes

Lead Massage Therapist

I had always been enthusiastic about massage for my whole life. My mom was my first client around the age of 6. I worked on her regularly growing up.  I remember being in the high school lunchroom, participating in massage circles with a couple of my good friends. When I received my diploma, I didn’t necessarily want a massage career but wanted to learn about the mechanics of it. I then found and enrolled at Irene’s Myomassology Institute from Sept 2009-Sept 2010 It changed my life. I felt like all my senses were heightened. After graduating, I worked a very brief stint at a spa but focused on my restaurant management career. A year and a half ago, I had an opportunity to work at another spa and turned my focus to that where I found my skills grow exponentially. Going into it I only wanted to relax people, not fix them. But then I fell in love with deep tissue work and it reignited my passion for massage. It came to be meditation, art and spiritual for me. I feel like I am playing a symphony when I am most focused on my client.

Sara Upshur


Sara has been doing hair long before she started her professional career in 2010.  You always knew what dolls and Barbies were hers as a little girl for they all had hair makeovers. Her skills and talents have grown incredibly since then yet the passion and giddiness of that little girl remains strong in Sara’s heart; always eager to grow and learn the latest and greatest hair trends from those around her as well as by attending renowned hair shows. 

As much as Sara loves to do hair her ultimate goal and happiness comes from seeing the smile on her clients as they walk out feeling better inside and out whether it be from a complete makeover to just a trim. Making new friends is also a great bonus she loves!

Erik Scot Vestal


Erik is a graduate of The Regency Beauty Institute in Flint, MI and has been making his clients look fabulous for the last three years.  Erik has a love for creative cutting and color techniques, hoping to one day become a color specialist, traveling the world and sharing his creative passion for his craft.  Erik is pleased to be a part of The Artisan Company Family and is taking appointments for not only hair and color design but for makeup design as well.  Whether you need help with your everyday style or special events like weddings, dances, photo shoots, pageants or more, call Erik to make an appointment today.

Ashley Brown


My journey began at the Douglas J Aveda Institute where I obtained my cosmetology license.  The next five years were spent exploring my artistic skills gained in creative coloring, formal hairstyling, and hair design.  My goal is to improve the lives of others with my cosmic artistic energy.  I am basically a hair ninja.

Bella Bellknap


Bella has always had a passion for the hair and beauty industry. After completing training at Douglas J the Aveda Institute in 2014 , she believed in continual education and still strives to expand her knowledge for her guests and does so by taking numerous coloring and cutting classes. She specializes in cutting edge coloring techniques, color corrections, highlights, vibrant color, fashion and modern cuts, as well as, hair extensions. She stays updated on all the latest trends and places high value on listening and understanding her guests needs. She loves to step outside the box with her unlimited creativity.

Erika Krenzke


Erika Krenzke is a graduate of In Session Arts of Cosmetology School in Saginaw Michigan. She brings a touch of northern flare to The Artisan Company, as well as a positive and eccentric attitude. 

Erika discovered her passion for Cosmetology and Art at the age of 3, giving her many years to develop her unique set of skills. After graduating cosmetology school, she returned to school to become certified as an instructor. With a knack for sassy and edgy styles, Erika specializes in doing hair color, viewing every head of hair as a blank canvas. With a background in art, knowledge of color, and experience in many different techniques, she creates beautiful and unique hair masterpieces. Her main goal while working at The Artisan Company, is to make her clients feel beautiful on the outside, as well as inside. Her positive energy, and vivacious personality guarantees her clients will leave the salon feeling positive and confident.

Brittany Farley


Brittany has been creating art with hair since 2003 and is well developed in razor cutting, color, highlighting and men’s styling. Her artistic passion began well before beauty school; practicing on friends, family and anyone who would allow her to get her hands in their hair. Brittany has a great love for nature and delivers calm, eco-friendly products and services to her clients, while ensuring her methods and treatments have minimal impact on the environment. Her gentle and caring approach is sure to be the relaxing experience you need to come out of the salon feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

Samantha Andring


I have been working in different parts of the beauty industry for the past 4 years now and I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else. It is a blessing to be able to make others feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside. I specialize in rich dimensional colors, precision cutting, and event hair and makeup. Truly listening and connecting with my clients to understand exactly what they envision is something I am very passionate about. I genuinely love making my clients smile and feel their absolute best! Thankfully I have found a career that allows me to do that! I am very happy to be a part of The Artisan Company team and can’t wait to learn and grow in this amazing salon.

Caryn Disbrow

Massage Therapist

Caryn is a graduate from Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts, with a background in clinical massage. At an early age, Caryn realized the benefits of massage, often asking her mother for massages for growing pains and other sports related issues. As she got older, Caryn would offer massages to friends at get togethers and trade foot rubs with her athlete brother. Knowing the benefits of massage first hand inspired Caryn to go to school for it. Since graduating in 2009, Caryn has added other therapeutic techniques to her clinical knowledge to create a harmonious blend of what your body wants and what it needs. Complementing her massage is a background in psychology. Knowing that ones physical, mental and emotional states are all connected, Caryn uses her intuition and technical skills to hone into each individual’s needs and to guide their bodies into deep relaxation in a warm and caring environment.

Jessica Chase


Jessica is a graduate of Douglas J. Aveda Institute of East Lansing and has been practicing esthetics since October 2012.  After Graduating, Jessica worked at a medical spa where she fell in love with PCA product and has been certified in the product line and used it ever since.  In March of 2014 Jessica opened her own solo practice in Okemos, MI. and while it was a wonderful experience, when the opportunity to join the talented team at The Artisan Company, she could not pass it up!

Schedule your spa service today and let us help you be the best version of yourself!



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chad-popour-salon-managerChad Popour

Salon Manager

Chad Popour is a graduate of the Douglas J. Academy and is our resident Jeweler, You’ll Be Fine Designs, a unique rustic line of natural stones, crystals, minerals and custom pieces to suit your needs.  Originally from the UP, Chad credits his upbringing in the natural beauty of Northern Michigan with his inspiration and personal esthetic. Chad brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to The Artisan Company Team and is pleased to greet guests warmly at the front desk.  To inquire about You’ll Be Fine Design pieces, please see Chad at the store and feel free to browse our selection available on display in The Artisan Company lobby.