A Perth hair salon frequented by local Olympic gold medalist Eve Muirhead proved he was a curling star too after winning the award for best new hair salon.
F&K Hair Lounge on Auld Bond Road has received the prestigious honor of Scotlands Business Awards – one of the country’s largest business competitions.
Owner Glen Fettes and his team attended the prestigious awards ceremony in person, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Glasgow late last month.
The team were nominated for outstanding service by members of the public before the awards group sent a secret client to the salon to try the benchmark treatment for themselves.
The local salon is adding national recognition to its Best New Hair Salon award won at the Perth and Kinross Business Awards, held at the Huntingtower Hotel near Perth in November.
The victory describes the hard work of Glen and his team which opened three years ago this month, with the majority of its time operating under the cloud of COVID restrictions and lockdowns.
But a delighted Glen said his team was thrilled when their salon’s name was announced as the winner.
“They were absolutely buzzing,” he said.
“Leah didn’t think we would win, but I just had a feeling we would win it.
“The last two years there haven’t been a lot of team ties, so it’s nice to hang out with them again.
“I think what made it even better was that I had so much history in that ceremonial hall when it comes to competitions.
“In the past I’ve won things there and lost things there, so it’s kind of nice to go back there and win.”
He added: “We only had a year of racing before COVID hit.
“Then, thanks to COVID, we all had to find jobs elsewhere and that’s when I had to work in a slaughterhouse.
“So everyone in the team has pulled together to make this happen and I’m really happy about that.
“Well done to the team.”
Glen said his salon has had a successful period since the restrictions were lifted.
“I’m busy all the time. I am booked for six weeks permanently,” he added.
“You go to Perth and there are difficulties there, so when people spend their money you have to make sure they benefit.
“If people give you their hard-earned money, make it worth it to them.
“That’s what I constantly tell my team.
“They have to come out of here buzzing and that’s the most important thing for me. That’s what gives us that advantage and there’s a lot of competition now.
And the award-winning salon owner was also able to celebrate with a medal around his neck when Blair Atholl Olympic winter curling champion Eve Muirhead came in for a photo.
He said: “We had Eve Muirhead recently and it was her second time since coming back.
“She gets her hair done about every two weeks.
“It’s a medal she has by the way.
“I have some pictures of her in the living room with her and her medal.
“And too fair, I have to try it!” It has some weight on it!