Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Yandina's Space 'Just for Blokes'

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Yandina's Space 'Just for Blokes'

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Byline: Nicky Moffat nicky.moffat@scnews.com.au

IT HAS plenty of hairdressers and cafes, but the Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Yandina didn't have a barber shop until a few months ago.

Vikki Lingard moved to the area last year, and after noticing the number of tradesmen and workers from two nearby industrial estates, she and business partner Graham Smith decided a barber wouldn't go astray.

"There's a lot of hairdressers but I wanted something for just the blokes," she said.

Vikki and Graham had worked in Buderim as barbers before opening their quaint Yandina shopfront Brush and Bristle on the historic Stevens Street last November.

Locals had been very supportive, with a lot of repeat business, Vikki said.

"They come back once they've been - it's a really good sign for us," she said.

She agreed many new businesses were popping up in the town, but said since the IGA moved a few years ago from Stevens St to the other side of Farrell St on Old Gympie Rd, the Stevens St cluster of shops had struggled.

"Stevens St is mostly heritage-listed buildings and it's one of the oldest on the Sunshine Coast, but it's a bit quiet now...they're all trying to get that area alive again."

Brush and Bristle is a "family affair", she said.

It was fitted out by her husband Ron, a boilermaker, and two sons Matt and Tim, who are both electricians.

The simple, timber design seemed to appeal to down-to-earth locals, she said, most of whom were working-aged men.

Customers can pick up a cut for $20, and most beard trims will set you back $10.

"We've just kept it basic and simple," Vikki said.

"The men are loving the fact that they don't have to go out of their own town to get a haircut. They get a little bit of pampering, like the hot towel is poplar - but not too much."

If you're lucky she or Graham might offer you a beer, she said. …

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