Every week in 2015, OnMilwaukee.com and local design company Too Much Metal join forces to introduce the latest member of the Milwaukee All-Stars – a team of unfamiliar winners living in the city who consistently and diligently make it shine. Each week, a new member will join the team – based on your recommendations – and at the end of the year all will come together in a Rally of the Raddest Milwaukeeans. We're not sure what that means quite yet, so for now, meet …
Tyan Soo owns Nail Bar Milwaukee, 2580 N. Downer Ave., where she – and her staff – offer manicures, pedicures and spa services.
However, when Soo’s not making someone look or feel their best, she’s spreading good cheer to the people around her with her positive take on life in Milwaukee.
OnMilwaukee.com / Too Much Metal: How long have you done your job?
Tyan Soo: I’m excited to have recently celebrated my one-year anniversary in business at Nail Bar Milwaukee on Aug. 14. I continue to be touched and overwhelmed by the support personally and for my business from friends, family and the community.
OMC / TMM: What time of year / season is your favorite in Milwaukee and why?
TS: Early fall is my favorite season in Milwaukee – warm days, crisp evenings, long-sleeve shirts and layers, the leaves changing colors. I live across the street from a school and surprisingly, I like hearing the school bells, so that starts up again during this season, too.
OMC / TMM: What’s your favorite or least favorite smell in Milwaukee?
TS: My favorite smell in Milwaukee is the spring / summer blossoms that you can smell in the air. They're the first signs of life after our brutal winters. My least favorite has to be the dead fish smell along Lincoln Memorial north of Bradford Beach in late summer. Gross.
OMC / TMM: What neighborhood do you live in ?
TS: Bay View – love it. It's like Wisconsin's Brooklyn.
OMC / TMM: What’s your hope for Milwaukee?
TS: My hope for Milwaukee is that we continue to grow into a "big city," but without losing our "small town" feel. We have such an amazing city with so much to offer. More and more people learn about us, are surprised by us and fall in love with us. And I think that more and more Milwaukeeans are proud to be from Milwaukee.
OMC / TMM: When or how did you fall in love with Milwaukee?
TS: I’m a lifer and proud of it. I've always loved Milwaukee. Milwaukee is a city where you can make things happen. People are accepting and friendly and encouraging. It's affordable and enthusiastic, diverse, dynamic and always open to new things. We love our food, our music, our art, our motorcycles, our festivals, our film, our causes and we love each other. We also have Milverine.
OMC/ TMM: Why do you do what you do?
TS: I’m lucky to say that I do what I do because I love it. I work with amazing people and we have a real 'family' environment and some of the best food in town on "Potluck Fridays." I also truly enjoy and appreciate my clients. I have the opportunity to interact with fabulous people every day.
OMC / TMM: What’s your one guilty pleasure?
TS: Two parts Tito's, one part Nolet's martini from the Iron Horse. Shhhhhh.
OMC / TMM: Name a Milwaukeean you would like to high five?
TS: I’d like to high five my husband, Steve, for his unending support, limitless patience and his eye for great design. He found our super cool fire door for the waxing room and built our succulent planters.
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