Sarah Huff is the owner of Ardor and Grit Salon in Holland, Michigan,
where she works and employs six other people. On March 16th, 2020
Huff was forced to close her shop due to the governor’s Stay Home Stay
As time went on with the salon still closed, Huff realized that soon
the costs of owning the business would outweigh the income she was
drawing in. Knowing she had to make a decision, she decided to open her
salon on May 15 by herself, with none of her employees joining. She soon
received a letter from the Ottawa County prosecutor informing her of a
When the Operation Haircut protest took place on May 20, Huff decided
to participate. As a part of the protest, she gave haircuts to willing
individuals on the Capitol lawn. Unfortunately, during this protest, she
was cited by State Police. The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation is
representing her in the fight against this misdemeanor in conjunction
with Miller Johnson law firm.
After being cited, Huff has reopened her salon a number of times,
despite being exposed to receiving enhanced penalties from the
Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration. One of the
governor’s executive orders had effectively increased the penalties for
being open without permission.
On May 28 2020, Huff was visited by the Michigan Department of
Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) as well as the local police force.
In October, Sarah’s misdemeanor was dropped by the Ottawa County
Prosecutor’s Office in the wake of a Michigan Supreme Court ruling
that struck down Governor Whitmer’s emergency orders. You can read
more about that case here. At this time, the complaint with Michigan’s
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is still pending.