Colt Davis is shown under the hall chandelier and at the foot of the winding staircase.
Sir George’s White House Salon
• 200 School Street
• Services for men and women: Hair styling, cuts, extensions, nails. Specialties: Brides, pageants, proms.
• Hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Appointments suggested, walk-ins welcomed.
• Handicapped accessible.
The stairs lead to a second vacant floor. The elegant setting will provide photo shoots for brides, pageant queens and proms.
Pam Sloan, a nail technician, attends to Jeannie Thrailkill.
The shampoo room is located in the rear of the building.
The White House Salon is open for business with Colt Davis the owner/manager. He is the grandson of George Davis, original owner of Sir George’s Salon and Spa on N. Pleasantburg Drive in Greenville. Sir George’s will be part of the Greer name.
Colt’s father maintains the business in Greenville with grandfather George, 83, still providing services to clients he has had for nearly a half century. “We wanted the Greer location to expand our mark in the industry,” Colt said. “We have clients coming from Spartanburg to Greenville and this will make the trip shorter. It will also expand our client base.”
The Davises are as well known through their styling hair for brides/wedding parties and proms as well as nurturing young women in pageants. Danielle Davis, Colt’s sister, was Miss South Carolina 1999 and his mother is part of the Miss South Carolina organization as a fashion and hair consultant. Danielle is the last Miss Greater Greer winner to become Miss South Carolina. Marla Collier, Colt's other sister, is also in the family business.
Ali Rogers (Miss Laurens), runnerup to Miss America 2012 was styled by the Davises. “We’re excited to bring that part of the business here,” Colt said.
In fact, Colt said, that may be a reason a Los Angeles-based reality TV show has contacted the family. “They contacted us a couple of weeks ago, probably as much for us being part of beauty pageants,” he said. “But we haven’t heard back.”
The salon, at 200 School Street, took over four months to renovate. It wasn’t the house that drew the Davises to the property. “It was the parking,” Colt said. “Businesses in downtown said there’s no parking and the biggest thing here is there is plenty of parking.”
Colt said keeping the building vintage while renovating it was important while providing contemporary services. “I just love old buildings,” Colt said.
It took a little convincing some family members to embrace the building as much as Colt did. “I saw the potential. Others didn’t think so and said ‘don’t do it.’ Now we look at it and say, ‘Wow.’”
The windows were all replaced, a big expense said Colt, but they will be recycled as frames for the local artists’ art that will be displayed throughout the salon.
The signature winding staircase leads to a vacant second floor. “This will be an excellent place for photos of girls in pageants, engagements or other significant occasions.”
Some thought is possibly turning the second floor into a high-end fashion house.
Colt is a 2003 Riverside High School and 2008 North Greenville University graduate.