Pauline Cherry has always loved Lakes Entrance and has visited regularly.
Her father, Harry Kyrou, moved here in 1980 and Pauline continued to visit as much as possible.
Sadly her father became unwell and Pauline moved down to take care of him, but he passed away.
With COVID-19 shutting down her hair salon in Melbourne and Pauline feeling the need to stay where her father was happiest, she has established a small hair dressing salon in Kalimna.
“I felt I wanted to stay in Lakes Entrance and be close to dad,” Pauline said.
“This community and dad’s friends have been so supportive since I moved down here.
“Now my mother, who is a cancer survivor, has come down as well and we have bought a house together.”
The salon opened on September 9 and Pauline has been grateful for the support so far.
“I have had lots of pensioners and dad’s friends coming in to support me and friends recommending friends,” she said.
“I do every aspect of hairdressing and am also a barber for the men. I have worked with autistic children and the homeless.”
Pauline was not always a hairdresser. She was a high school teacher for many years but when she had two young children she wasn’t able to teach full time.
“My sister-in-law had a salon and I started working for her and realised how much I loved it,” Pauline said.
“I then trained and never went back to teaching.
“I have a salon in Melbourne called That Hair Place Melbourne, so decided to call this salon That Hair Place Kalimna.
“To me living here is giving back to the community that my dad loved so much, people have just been phenomenal.”
Pauline’s salon is at 184 Albatross Road, Kalimna.
Pauline Cherry doing Helen Bernard’s hair at her new hair salon in Kalimna. (PS)