Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Hair Salon Cuts It for 15 Years; Celebrating Highs and Lows of Business

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Hair Salon Cuts It for 15 Years; Celebrating Highs and Lows of Business

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Byline: Tara Cassidy Tara.Cassidy@dailymercury.com.au

LOCAL hair salon owner Amanda Schwarzrock is celebrating 15 years in business this week, and 23 years at the same salon.

Ms Schwarzrock began at J and R Hair Designers as a 15-year-old apprentice, moving up the ranks to eventually own the place herself.

Her first child was only one month old at the time, so on top of becoming a new business owner, she was also juggling becoming a new mum.

Ms Schwarzrock said it was a challenging but rewarding time, and she has enjoyed watching the salon grow.

"I started my apprenticeship in 1995 and eventually when I was a senior hairdresser I went on maternity leave and my old boss asked me if I wanted to purchase the salon," she said.

"I decided it to was too good an opportunity to pass up and took over, my son was just five weeks old at the time.

"Luckily for me as I was already working there, the transition was quite easy, the hard part was going from being a business person to working mum, that was interesting but luckily I had a great deal of support behind me."

Ms Schwarzrock said over the years she has witnessed staff numbers double, the salon move to a new location and undergo two fit-outs, seen two city centre heart re-developments and many changes in hair fashion too.

And in her 15 years of business she estimates having had 62,500 client visits for hair cuts, colours and styles, 162,240 in the 39 years the salon has been open in total, previously under its original owners.

"The salon has only had two owners in its time," she said.

"And we chose to keep the name because it was doing so well in Mackay, it had loyal customers and I believe that if something isn't broken then don't try to fix it. The old owners did such a great job at building the brand, getting it to where it was, I was lucky to be able to take it over and continue building what they had grown. …

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