Beauty salon

Beauty salon in Dorchester town center makes ‘difficult decision’ to close

A BELOVED health and beauty salon has suddenly closed after a ‘wonderful’ number of years – citing staffing issues.

House of Health and Beauty, on Trinity Street in Dorchester town centre, was a salon which offered body treatments, facials and other services.

For over 20 years the company has built a strong customer base and supported Weldmar Hospicecare by raising funds and providing treatment to staff, patients and their friends.

Despite its rave reviews and popularity in and around Dorchester, owner Holly Aiken recently made the ‘difficult decision’ to close the business due to the ‘loss of fantastic staff’.

A company spokeswoman explained that they were unable to ‘find suitable replacements’ for deceased staff and that it had become ‘too stressful and impossible to continue’ to run the salon.

The House of Health and Beauty in Dorchester town center recently closed. Photo: Dorset Echo

A sign outside Holly Aiken and staff’s salon reads: ‘It is with great sadness that after 26 years we have decided to close our doors.

“The last two years have been extremely difficult for all of us and unfortunately, despite having a great clientele, with the loss of fantastic staff and the inability to find suitable replacements, it has become too stressful and impossible to continue.

“It has been a wonderful 26 years and I want to thank you all for being such loyal and lovely customers.

“Many of you have become friends to use and we have loved getting to know and care for you over the years.

Dorset Echo: House of Health and Beauty in Dorchester town center recently closed.  Photo: Dorset EchoThe House of Health and Beauty in Dorchester town center recently closed. Photo: Dorset Echo

“I’m sure you understand how difficult it was to make a decision after all this time having a wonderful company and an amazing team and I want to thank you once again for your support.

“We wish you all the best – Holly and her team”

The company’s social media pages have all been taken down while its website remains online.

All customers with gift vouchers dated April 21 or later are urged to contact Purnells to arrange a refund.

Owner Holly Aiken has previously explained how her father inspired her to open the salon after he “created a successful and respected business from nothing”.

She told the Dorset Echo in 2017: ‘My inspiration has always been my lovely dad, Peter, who sadly passed away.

“He started his own business – PJ Aiken Insurance Services – from scratch, starting small and working very hard to build a very successful and well-respected business.

“I have always been very proud of him and learned a lot about running a business from him.

“He believed in me and my business plan and was always incredibly supportive, I know he would be so proud to have 20 years on House of Health and Beauty still going on.”