The hair cutting bar at the end of the arcade at 58 Queen Street in Warkworth has been given a fresh styling by new owner Julie Beaumont.
Julie offers a walk-in, no appointment service, and a basic cut can be turned around in 15 minutes, or 25 minutes for a more involved style.
“It offers an affordable option for those who just want a great cut, not frills and whistles,” Julie says.
Short and Sweet charges $25 a cut for seniors and from $30 for adults.
Julie offers clipper cuts, razor cuts, style cuts and scissor cuts for long hair, short hair, curly and straight, and all with the skill that comes with 28 years’ of experience.
“If you’ve lived through the 80s, you can cut anything,” she says.
Julie caters to young children and sets up an iPad in front of a specialised chair with a red steering wheel to keep them entertained.
She also understands the needs of disabled clients having had experience with a family member.
Julie previously owned a hairdressing business for 17 years and was overseeing four salons at its peak.
She then took a break from hairdressing and started a property management business in 2015, which she has now sold.
When the country went into lockdown, it left the nation without haircuts. Once restrictions were lifted, Julie was asked by the Oaks Retirement Village if she would come and cut the residents’ hair.
“I had such a great time making people feel better and catching up with old clients, I decided to come back and offer a more focussed and personalised service.”
By chance, Julie found out that Barry, the barber at 58 Queen Street had retired, and the landlord was more than happy to lease the premises to her.
Julie says that as a third generation local, it has been great to be able to catch up with old friends while she cuts their hair.