Popular hairdresser redevelopment casualty

Adriana Virgo with her staff: Marisa Giacci, Karina Xavier and Silvana Gileno.
Adriana Virgo with her staff: Marisa Giacci, Karina Xavier and Silvana Gileno.

After 25 years of cutting people’s hair at her Beaufort Street salon, Mrs Virgo’s business, Adriana’s, is used as a meeting point for locals.

‘Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays the clients come in and turn their chairs around to chat because they all know each other,’ she said.

Mrs Virgo said when she bought the business, the opposite side of Beaufort Street consisted of bushland and a picture theatre.

Now the view from her salon window is of the Inglewood Civic Centre and streams of traffic passing up and down Beaufort Street.

‘I think the increased development of Inglewood is good, it is better for business but I have found Inglewood residents continue to be very community oriented,’ Mrs Virgo said.

‘The Inglewood community is very supportive, you become a part of their family and they become part of yours.’

But Mrs Virgo’s business could be a casualty in the development of the suburb.

She will soon have to vacate her premises, after her landlord earmarked the site along with the neighbouring dentist, op shop and massage parlour for redevelopment.

‘I want to stay in the area as that is where a lot of my clients, especially the elderly clients, live,’ she said.

‘I won’t be closing down, I just need to find the right premises.’