Jessica opens a happy hair place
SHE’S a wide-eyed blonde with a teenage tenacity to make it work.
She’s apprentice hairdresser Jessica Carey who, along with crystals and hemp, has joined some of the new business movements in Warwick’s CBD.
Eighteen months shy of her apprenticeship completion and at just 18, Miss Carey has joined as one of the Rose City’s youngest business entrepreneurs with her business JC’s Inspirational Hair opening last night at 102A Grafton Street – the former part-home of Debbie’s Fabric Discount Store.
“I’ve had a lot of family help. Dad’s had some sleepless nights for the past three weeks getting the shop ready – he put it all together,” Miss Carey said.
Taking the reigns as manager is hair dresser Alona O’Brien, who said she was inspired by the teen’s drive to jump into an exciting career mesmerised by colour, scissors and the ability to chat (the three hairdresser secret success elements).
“I’m not easily impressed but Jessica’s portfolio is impressive – especially her up-styles,” she said.
The bubbly pair promised there won’t be any chemical smells wafting down Grafton Street with all their products comprising organic elements – and are ammonia-free.
“It’s a healthy and happy hair place,” Mrs O’Brien said.
Across town on Fitzroy Street, two new businesses are set to expand upon the organic element using natural healing and clothing in an area tipped to be the Rose City’s new alternative precinct.
Former handbag fashionista (previously Strandbags manger at Rose City Shoppingworld) Chris Ziebell has realised her true passion with the recent opening of Spiritual Awareness at 85C Fitzroy Street.
“We live busy lives and tend to forget about ourselves. I want to help people take on their spiritual journey,” she said.
“Anyone can turn up to the meditation circle at 5.30pm on Thursdays for $10. We also have incense, clothing, furniture, crystals, books, CDs, tarot and chakra readings.”
Further along Fitzroy Street, a new hemp clothing store is set to open after Easter with owner Michelle Michelin-Law wanting to turn weed on its head.
“Industrial hemp has no drug value. There are warnings on the clothes label stating it’s a non-toxic garment – you can’t smoke it,” Mrs Michelin-Law laughed.
She said she wanted to alter the way people regarded the hemp industry with her line of clothing she sells at Wednesday’s Pig and Calf sale until her store is ready.
In other movement news, Rolly’s Party and Lolly Shop have moved from their digs at the Harvey Norman Centre to Grafton Street.
“We needed more room and during the next two weeks we’ll be expanding our costume range,” owner Kerol Dunne said.
“It’s been great picking out all the new costumes.”