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Go ahead couple, Kathy and Sean Harper, owners of Harper Hair Co, in the Eastbourne Road, celebrated their first year in business in the Bay yesterday (December 3)

The couple arrived with pizzaz a year ago at the end of November, arguing the case that there was room in the Bay for “a boutique bespoke hairdressing salon including all specialised hair techniques and services”.

The highly talented husband and wife team are award winning hairstylists with international experience and are experts at what they say “are considered to be the cutting edge of fashion in the hair industry”.

The salon has established a unique electric homely feel that has drawn clients from far afield, with drop in clients coming from places like Polegate and Bexhill, who have passed the premises by car and decided to give their services a go.

Residents have been drawn to the salon with the upbeat feel and specialised hair techniques and services.

The fresh, fashionable look to the salon has brought a new element of vitally to the little parade of shops in the Bay.

Regular clients are now well established and the couple have become embedded in the community, very much part of the heart and soul of the discourse of the Bay, tuned in to business developments planned here.

In a double page feature spread in the Pevensey Bay Journal at the launch of their salon last year, the newspaper argued ironically that a hair salon “more suited to Brighton”, could ‘never work here’, to which a grinning Sean Harper suggested “the people will come’.

A year later, Sean Harper has proved his point with a roster of happy stylish clients walking out the door every day with their stylish heads held high.

Yesterday (December 3) between 4:00pm and 6:00pm, the couple organised a simple get together for clients and friends saying “the salon’s first birthday, we blinked and it’s here. Thanks to our customers and new friendships made”.

In the soft warm glow seen from outside, yesterday early evening, the vitality, cheer, energy and elemental way in which the couple have brought their services and family to become part the chemistry of the Bay was on show.

The day the couple arrived in Pevensey Bay marked a sea change moment.  They demonstrate on a daily basis. the way in which business services with hairstyling can be delivered in a small coastal community in the twenty first century.

We should be proud that they have chosen to deliver their services here and that they have contributed much to the spirit of business and social life in our small community.

To have achieved so much within a year is a credit to the go ahead couple.

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