New barber on the block
Roma is starting the year in style, with a barber shop opening tomorrow.
The Oxford Cut Barber Shop is the creation of Roma's Cheryl Dart, who has combined vaulted ceilings, muted tones and flamboyant murals to bring a touch of her British heritage to Roma.
Ms Dart, who has been barbering since the age
of 16, said owning a barber shop had been a lifelong dream.
"I started into barbering when I was living in the county of Oxfordshire in the UK,” she said.
"Owning my own shop is something I've wanted to do ever since I finished my apprenticeship all those years ago, but I got busy with kids.
"I saw a quote the other day that said 'don't regret not having a go', and it stuck in my mind. I needed to do this.”
After moving to southwest Queensland with her husband, Ms Dart took a part-time job at Outback Barber.
"I became the manager there for just under two years,” she said.
"It had always been in my mind to open up my own shop, and many of my customers were supportive.
"You get to an age where you think, 'oh I better get into this again or I will be too scared to do it'.
"So I decided to jump in when the opportunity arose in October.”
Ms Dart said a focus of the barber shop would be to support the community, with most renovations to the site completed by local contractors.
"We have been renovating the store since December, with a lot of help from local contractors,” she said.
"We got the mural outside done by Signasaurus, my son Luke, who works with Brett Cherry builders, and Mark Brandt electrical helped with the interior, and we sourced our materials from Home (Timber &) Hardware.
"Very soon I would like to take on an apprentice.
"I think it's really important to bring someone young into the industry because barbering is becoming a lot more interesting, with more options for men available.
"I would also love to get into products for men, and I'm planning on going back to college to learn how to cut-throat shave, which is something no one in town does.
"I want to be able to expand the range of services for my customers out here, so it is on par with city barber shops.
"Overall I'm optimistic about this year and I'm looking forward to seeing my old customers.”
The barber shop, which offers services for children, men and women, will be open from tomorrow, with full renovations to the shop to be completed by the end of this month.