AFTER 42 years in the hairdressing industry, and eight in charge of the Fringe Factory, Debbie DeLuca has handed over the reins of her shop to employee and friend, Allison Wills.
The two have developed a strong relationship during the past eight years. Debbie may have been Allison’s boss, but they have worked side by side.
Debbie will be stepping into retirement, and she has total confidence the Fringe Factory is being left in capable hands.
“I used to go away on holidays and leave it up to her and she would handle it easily, I think once I went away for a month and she completely took over so I know the store is in safe hands,” Debbie said.
“In the last few years we have known that when I would retire I would hand the reins on to Allison, it was a bit of a plan.”
Allison is sad to see Debbie go, but as one door closes, another one opens.
And this door is presenting Allison with an opportunity she has been waiting for.
“It has always been a dream of mine to run my own salon,” Allison said.
“I did my apprenticeship in Kyabram a while ago now and I knew then it was something I wanted to do.
“Since I have been working under Debbie I have known it was my goal.”
The switch was made recently, so Allison has had a small sample of what her dream is all about.
“The transition has been really smooth and I am really enjoying it,” she said.
Fringe Factory customers will be seeing a bit of change in the store over the next few months, but they can expect the same great customer service.
“We are planning to give it a little facelift — the painting has already been done but some new furniture is on the way and then it will start to take shape,” Allison said.
“We are making a few changes but we will be keeping the same friendly, relaxed vibe and atmosphere that Debbie has set up so well before me.”
Debbie thanked the community for their support over the past eight years, and all the loyal customers that kept her busy.
Fringe Factory will continue to offer the same products and services, as well as introducing De Lorenzo colour and products to the salon.
“I have two staff working with me in Belinda Nunn and Jennifer Towers and we are all really excited to be working together.”