New Nanango bar­ber a blast from the past

South Burnett Times - - NEWS -

A TRA­DI­TIONAL bar­ber shop is com­ing to Nanango, open­ing on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 11.

John Ab­bott, the new owner and bar­ber, said the shop would fea­ture “the works”, in­clud­ing old­fash­ioned clip­per cuts, beard trims, shav­ing and hot tow­els.

“I’ve al­ways had tra­di­tional bar­ber shops, and my wife and I own one in Bris­bane. We’ve just em­ployed a man­ager there so that we can start up here,” he said.

Mr Ab­bott and his wife moved to Nanango to re­tire.

“This is where we’re re­tir­ing to. We built a house up here last year, and this is my idea of re­tir­ing… own­ing a one-man bar­ber shop. There’s not a bar­ber shop in Nanango, so we found there was an op­por­tu­nity,” he said.

“Even though I’m not ac­tu­ally re­tir­ing, if you think about the old say­ing ‘a change is as good as a hol­i­day,’ it re­ally is true.

“Go­ing from run­ning a re­ally busy bar­ber shop in the city with a lot of em­ploy­ees, I won’t have that pres­sure any more.”

Nanango orig­i­nally ap­pealed to the cou­ple be­cause of its coun­try cul­ture.

“We both grew up in the coun­try. My wife grew up in Gympie and I grew up in Monto, and af­ter liv­ing in the city for years, we just wanted to get back to the coun­try. It’s a more at­trac­tive life­style for us, as the city was a bit too busy,” Mr Ab­bott said.

Lo­cated on 31 Fitzroy St, one of the sell­ing points for Mr Ab­bott was the great range of park­ing.

“The lo­ca­tion is great. I thought about rent­ing a space in the main street, be­cause there were some good op­tions there, but what at­tracted me to this place was how con­ve­nient the park­ing is,” he said.

“Blokes are strange crea­tures, and they of­ten don’t like to shop. When they want a hair­cut, they ide­ally want to get a park­ing spot at the front, walk in, find no­body wait­ing, sit in the chair and then come straight out 15 min­utes later.

“Of course, peo­ple will spend some time wait­ing ev­ery now and then, but park­ing and easy ac­cess is re­ally im­por­tant for a bar­ber.”

Mr Ab­bott was also pleased to find what was hid­den un­der­neath his new ren­tal.

“I’m re­ally lucky be­cause this place used to be a hair­dress­ing sa­lon. The

com­mu­nity arts peo­ple have been en­joy­ing the use of the shop, but all of th­ese benches and mir­rors were cov­ered up. When they left, they brought it back to what it was,” he said.

“Now, all I have to do is bring in my big bar­ber chair, all of my clip­pers and tools, and put the signs up. That’s not a lot to do, re­ally. I just have to get started.”

PHOTO: ELAELAH HAR­LEY

CLAS­SIC CUTS: John Ab­bott is bring­ing a tra­di­tional bar­ber shop to Fitzroy St, Nanango.

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