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