'Heartbreaking' farewell for salon owner who retires after 37 years

PUBLISHED: 09:45 12 February 2019

Sue Birch with her daughter Phillipa outside Hair Flik in Old Church Road.    


Sue Birch with her daughter Phillipa outside Hair Flik in Old Church Road. Picture: MARK ATHERTON


A family-owned hairdressers in Clevedon has closed after more than 30 years in business.

Sue Birch, aged 70, opened her salon Hair Flik, in Old Church Road, 37 years ago as its sole stylist.

Almost four decades on, the salon has closed its doors so Sue can retire and spend more time with her family.

Sue, who is originally from London, started out her career with a five-year apprenticeship course in the capital before she moved to work in the BBC’s hairstyling department.

After getting married, Sue moved away from London to Leicester before coming to Clevedon with her children in 1982.

The mother-of-two jumped at the opportunity to buy a unit in Old Church Road and has since seen the salon grow from strength to strength.

Sue, who lived above her salon for a number of years and whose daughter, Phillipa Davey, now stays upstairs, said Hair Flik was a ‘very successful’ and ‘happy’ business for a number of years.

She added: “It is a very sad and very emotional time but things have to come to an end and that is it really.

“I would like to say thank you to all the clients I have had over the years.

“It is heartbreaking to say goodbye to them all.”

The salon tended to 20 people a day on average and customers were informed by phone, in person or with a note on the door of the impending closure.

Sue added: “I have been dedicated to this salon since moving here, my children grew up here, lived upstairs and used to come home from school and hang out here, do their homework here and this is the end now.

“It is funny to see how times have changed and looking back at our old appointment books the change in prices – with a cut and blow dry previously costing £7.50.

“We have changed a lot as a salon over the years, with a refurbishment and staff coming and going.

“Staff would leave to go and have families or to take the next step in their careers and it was nice to see them progress during their time here.”

The family will now look to rent or sell the building – which they own – for future business use in the town centre.

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