If you hear the words ‘Albury’ and ‘hair’ in the same sentence, they’re bound to be followed by ‘Lola Wigg Hair Cafe’. This long-standing salon has become an icon of the Albury Wodonga region, seeing in each decade’s new trends since it was established in 1942.
Now, after 72 years in the same location, Lola Wigg Cafe moved up the road last month, outgrowing the heritage listed T&G building that it has called home for so long and embarking upon its first move in history. While the move is just 75 metres down Albury’s Amp Lane, it does showcase the salon’s emphasis on growth and change – a necessity to any thriving business.
The new salon has been constructed by local award-winning builder Scott James, with the brief of a refreshing take on their existing aesthetic that still retains the warmth of their previous establishment. This is delivered in the décor, which includes natural and ‘lived-in’ design elements. The walls are built in recycled brick that was taken from a formerly graffiti-laden warehouse in Melbourne. In salon, the bricks are flipped so that the street art adds a clever pop of colour.
The salon is also made up of distressed concrete rendered walls, Victorian ash wood, a high black industrial ceiling and copper handmade pendants from Amsterdam that, with the help of the salons’ mirrors, become a highly-visible salon highlight. The devil is in the details, and here Lola Wigg ensures its history is not forgotten, with memorabilia from their first salon, including its original retro 1942 signage, being set up in the new space.
Despite its illustrious history and having been owned by the same family for the four past decades, Lola Wigg Hair Cafe has survived to its sweet 72nd by realising the significance of change. Always having an ethos to aesthetically grow every few years, and now expanding and moving entirely, Lola Wigg Hair Cafe proves how far innovation can take you – especially if you hold on to your roots.
For more information visit www.lolawigghaircafe.com.au
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