florists in Victoria, Australia, are one of the last bastions of traditional, “traditional” beauty in Australia, and their clients are the very people they are supposed to be helping.
The Victoria Salon is one of only a handful of Australian-style salons still in operation, and it’s been around for almost two decades.
The company, founded in 1976, is owned by the former head of the Victorian Hair Association, Robert McPherson.
A close personal friend, the former prime minister, Gordon Wilson, once visited the shop with a group of local hair stylists.
Mr McPhersons family was also a patron.
In the early years of the business, the salon was run by a family of three, and Mr McPeersons son, Michael, was the only person who ever ran the business.
“I thought that was the most wonderful time in the world,” he said.
“People who were going to the salon were people who were coming from far and wide to come see what it was like.”
In 2007, Mr McPalans son, Peter, took over the business and in 2010 the salon expanded to provide hair care to clients from other parts of Victoria.
It’s now run by Mr McWilliams and his partner, Mary Kay, who have had two children and three grandchildren since their son, Robert, died in 2013.
“My husband and I are the ones who started the salon,” Mr McPratt said.
Mr Wilson was a fan.
“He was a very, very loyal customer,” Mr Wilson said.
The couple are a family, and he said the business would have never existed without their support.
Mr McCWilliams said it was hard to believe the business is closing because of Mr Wilson.
“We all love our work, and if there’s a change, then it’s very hard,” he added.
The shop is also owned by a friend of Mr McPhills, and the couple have been helping the business survive since Mr Wilson’s death.
“It was very, really hard for us, because of his passing,” Mr McCPhills said.
“In the long run, it would be wonderful if they had the space to continue operating,” he told the ABC. “
His daughter was a little girl when she came into school, and she came in and said, ‘Dad, dad, daddy’.” Mr Wilson, who is now 92, is currently working as a consultant and has been working with the salon for the last 18 months.
“In the long run, it would be wonderful if they had the space to continue operating,” he told the ABC.
The salon was once run by the Victorian and State Hair Associations, but the last salons in Victoria closed in the early 1990s.
The Victorian Hair Board is looking for a buyer for the business to run the salon.