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‘‘We had al­ways wanted to live in Cen­tral Otago be­cause of the sum­mers, we like the life­style and diver­sity and the fact it’s not far to Queen­stown or Dunedin and the lakes were a huge draw­card.’’ Alexan­dra’s busi­ness com­mu­nity was di­verse, sup­port­ive and ‘‘as good as any­thing you would find on High St in Auck­land’’, Mr Mel­ton said. ‘‘We vis­ited here in June last year and looked through sa­lons and was ma­jorly im­pressed. For a small town, it has got a lot of big town things, but still small enough to have a small town feel which is what we wanted our kids to be brought up in.’’ Mrs Mel­ton, who has been hair­dress­ing for 23 years, said Alexan­dra was a per­fect place for a hair­dress­ing busi­ness – par­tic­u­larly with the large num­ber of vine­yards at­tract­ing po­ten­tial wed­ding clients. ‘‘There has been a need here in Alexan­dra and the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties to have some­thing a lit­tle bit more up­mar­ket to just go­ing to the bar­ber down the street. ‘‘We have had peo­ple come in a lot from Dunedin and other parts of Otago who want to come here for their wed­ding but they feel they can­not get their hair or makeup down be­cause it was a small town and no-one was pro­mot­ing it.’’ The pair planned to pro­mote wed­ding pack­ages, as well as start ap­pren­tice­ships, Mrs Mel­ton said. ‘‘I think putting back into an in­dus­try is a good way of keep­ing an in­dus­try strong as well.’’ New Alexan­dra publi­can Deb­bie McLew said she was look­ing for­ward to giv­ing peo­ple another drink­ing hole and eatery at her new es­tab­lish­ment The Rock Bar and Grill which she hopes to open by the end of this month. ‘‘We want to con­cen­trate on the restau­rant side. ‘‘I like to think (Alexan­dra) is go­ing to get ahead. It’s a lovely place.’’ The open­ing of the Tar­bert St pub had been set back by an ar­son ear­lier this month.

Photo: JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN/ FAIR­FAX NZ 628861480

Cut above: Lloyd and Philippa Mel­ton moved from Aus­tralia and bought a hair­dress­ing busi­ness in Alexan­dra.

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