Hairdressers Alison Murphy, Leeanne Goodwin and Jacinta Camilleri admire the help of curly-haired Canberrans.
When Lyons café Stand By Me was robbed earlier this 12 months, the groundswell of native help amazed its proprietor, Joy Thakkar.“We have some fantastic common prospects. And once we had the theft, one among them posted about it on the Lyons group web page, asking folks to help our enterprise and assist us bounce again,” Joy mentioned.The identical type of help was evident throughout lockdown. “We have been doing plenty of takeaways. People understood we’re all doing it robust, so I feel they have been shopping for further – issues that perhaps they didn’t actually need to purchase – simply to assist us out,” he added.“Our regulars are the principle motive we’ve survived.”Like most small enterprise homeowners, Joy and his spouse, Reena, are consistently on the go. Joy works seven days every week – six within the café and one catching up on “behind the scenes stuff”, whereas Reena works on the ground, within the kitchen – wherever she’s wanted most.With younger kids, it’s not all the time straightforward. But the Thakkars get pleasure from what they do and love being there for the folks of Lyons.”Just as we get help from the group, we do the identical. We supply merchandise from a Canberra meat provider; we use Three Mills bread. We strive our greatest. And we purchase from Lyons Friendly Grocer right here within the centre the place we will, too,” Joy mentioned.Leeanne Goodwin’s curly hair salon, Curly Cuts and Natural Eclipse, is situated subsequent door. She additionally sells curly merchandise and refills by her on-line retailer Natural Eclipse, which ships to wherever in Australia and New Zealand.“Curly Cuts is proudly a Canberra innovation. From native help, we’ve created an authentic and completely different curly purchasing expertise proper right here within the coronary heart of the Lyons outlets. We now have 4 workers employed,” Leeanne mentioned.Although, the trail hasn’t all the time been easy. Last 12 months’s lockdown started simply a few months after Leeanne opened the salon.“We confronted huge product shortages and postal points at Natural Eclipse within the first 12 months of COVID. Quarantine, with sick workers and prospects, wreaked havoc on bookings,” she mentioned.But the help from curly-haired Canberrans has been heartening.“Our prospects come from all places of Canberra, interstate and rural areas for our specialised companies and merchandise,” Leeanne mentioned.“Local companies are nonetheless recovering from COVID. By supporting us, you assist us bounce again from years of turbulence. Buy from native companies that create and maintain jobs. Let’s preserve our purchasing centres stuffed with distinctive, inventive outlets.”Joy agreed. “Being in a small group suburb, this type of native help is so vital for us to maintain going. It means loads to us.”Joy Thakkar and his household actually get pleasure from Canberra’s native really feel, after transferring right here from Sydney.The haircare product refill station situated inside Curly Cuts salon helps Canberrans minimize down on single-use plastic.Stand By Me regulars return time and again for Joy Thakkar’s latte artwork.Like most of Canberra’s suburban purchasing areas, Lyons Shopping Village has greater than meets the attention.Get ACT information and occasions delivered straight to your inbox, signal as much as our electronic mail publication:Subscribe to Our CBR