AT a time when businesses are battling around the light rail precinct, Kath Lux is bucking the trend.
Ms Lux, 36, has opened her hair salon Lueur at the top end of Hunter Street, Newcastle East – a move she admits put a furrow in a few brows.
“My heart was that I wanted it but so many people said not to, that it was a real risk to open where I am,” she says.
“The only reason I went ahead was because deep down I felt I should be there.”
Ms Lux lives in Newcastle East and had often wandered past the location at 38 Hunter Street, previously a hair salon, and admired it.
Previously she ran a salon on the Central Coast for 11 years until moving to Newcastle 18 months ago, and had been renting a salon chair while considering her options.
When the Hunter Street business came up for sale, she took it as a sign.
Though she had concerns about disruption because of the construction afoot, business has so far been steady from a flow of existing clients on the Central Coast, her Newcastle clients and the patronage of residents and the local business community, which she described as “so supportive”.
“I definitely think [light rail] will increase business, at the moment people don't want to come into town but it's actually easy to get in and there is parking around that is accessible,” she said. “Once the light rail is running, I think the curiosity of it all will get more people in, too.”
Ms Lux was eight when she decided she wanted to be a hairdresser.
“I was the flower girl for my sister’s wedding and I went to a hair salon as part of that and from that day on that was it,” she laughs.
Describing her salon as “personalised and cosy”, she says she feels lucky to do what she loves.
“There are so many aspects to it rather than hair, it's meeting people, and the creativity you can explore through hair, and making people feel good – every day is different.”
Ms Lux has a 12-month lease then will have the option of a three by three lease.