AN established Morpeth hairdressing business hopes to be a cut above with a move to new premises.
Hair salon Jazz was one of the first to move into Sanderson Arcade when the centre opened in November 2009.
Business has steadily increased over the years, so much so that salon owner Paul Jackson decided to seek larger premises.
He has now moved into a bigger first-floor unit at Austin House in the arcade, and a £35,000 make-over has transformed the premises.
The new-look business has been split into two — Jazz Hairdressing and Jazz 4 Men, providing much more space for clients.
Wi-Fi has been fitted and a new drinks station offers luxury hot and cold beverages for customers.
The relocation has also enabled Mr Jackson to team up with another Morpeth hairdresser, Michelle Chambers, to set up a training initiative.
Ms Chambers has been running a City and Guild Training Centre in the town for hairdressing for more than eight years and now her students will be going along to Jazz every Monday to get more experience to go towards their qualifications.
The students will work alongside the seven members of staff employed at Jazz every Monday.
And the salon is currently on the look-out for volunteer models for the trainees to work on to help develop their skills.
Mr Jackson said: “We are so excited about the new salon.
“It looks fantastic and it’s great to be linking with Michelle and her students here at Jazz.
“The salon is three times bigger and it looks great. It’s lovely to have so much more room for our clients now and really opens up the possibilities of other treatments and services we can look at.”
The revamped business will be officially re-launched with funky new branding to suit its new style.
And there will be a VIP event to give customers a taste of what it can offer.
Guests can have a look around the two salons and see a demonstration of the latest craze in hair products, Moroccan Hair Oil.
The event will be held at Jazz on Thursday, May 16, from 4pm to 6.30pm.
Sanderson Arcade Manager Medi Parry is delighted to see the salon expand and is impressed with its new look.
She said: “The new Jazz salon looks great and we wish Paul and his team all the very best in their new premises.”
Before moving to the arcade Jazz traded for three years as Edwards in Newgate Street. It then moved into the Edwardian-style mall, providing antique Italian hairdressing chairs and a touch of glamour for customers.
The business relocated to Austin House, above Laura Ashley, in the arcade last year, but the plan was always to move into a larger unit once the extensive refurbishment work was completed and now the switch has gone ahead.
Services include cuts, colour and styling.
For further information about the salon, or to volunteer as a model for the students, call 01670 519530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org