Hatfield salon still cutting it 25 years on

Setting Out staff.

Setting Out staff.

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A family-run Hatfield business is celebrating 25 years of stylish trading in the town.

Theresa Beretta and her mum Rosemary Byus opened Setting Out, in Birchwood Avenue, on July 31, 1991. The pair jotted down their first appointment on a pizza box and have been trading ever since, surviving several recessions.

The unit was previously a butchers and was left in quite a mess before the family started re-fitting the salon.

Theresa said: “There was several fridges and loads of equipment left behind. Eventually the council agreed they would remove them and when they did all hell broke loose.

“The stench that came from one of the fridges was awful. Environmental were called, the fire brigade came with breathing apparatus and the police.

“They thought it might be a body. Turned out it was rotten meat, the electricity had been turned off for some time.”

By the September of 1991 the salon had taken on a Saturday girl, a junior and a part-time stylist.

Over the last 25 years Setting Out has raised over £20,000 for many different charities supported by their clients, but has now settled on making Breast Cancer UK the business’ chosen charity.

Theresa said: “We laugh every day and I love going to work. I am very lucky to be surrounded by such great people.

“There is never a dull moment.

“We often say life in the salon is far better than any soap or reality show. We’ve seen births, deaths, funerals, weddings, divorces, affairs, christenings, confirmations, bar- mitzvahs, milestone birthdays and anniversaries.”

To celebrate the salon’s birthday a new sign has been made and a general freshen up of the hairdressers is underway including new chairs and a new reception desk.

The Setting Out team is now planning its next campaign for Breast Cancer UK to take place throughout the month of October.


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