Eileen cuts it to retirement
FOR nearly 30 years Eileen Rose has kept Warwick men – or at least their heads – looking neat and tidy, and yesterday she made her final snip.
The popular barber, who was the first female to complete an apprenticeship in Queensland, is hanging up her scissors after selling her business to another female barber, Julie Weston.
Mrs Rose said while she was looking forward to retirement, she would miss the usual banter at her King St barber shop.
“You get to know people after cutting their hair for so long – some men who came in when they were young I am now cutting their son’s hair,” she said.
“I’ll miss the people. I’ve had a lot of laughs over the years.”
Mrs Rose moved to Warwick and started a barber shop in Magnolia Ave in 1982. After a few months, she moved to her King St shop in 1983.
Husband Geoff was a police officer and she said they had been anxious about how their children would be at school.
“When they came back from work we asked them tentatively how their first day was,” she said.
“My son said one boy did come up to him and said ‘look what your mum did to my hair!’ We’ve had a few laughs about that over the years.”
She said she enjoyed cutting men’s hair instead of women’s.
“I’ve always found men are so easygoing, more than what women often are,” she said.
With no more heads to look after, Mrs Rose said she looked forward to a life of travelling and spending time with her grandchildren.