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Havant beauty salon marks successful first year in business with ‘brilliant’ celebration after opening as lockdown restrictions are lifted

The Dolly Salon was among the shops, pub gardens and barbers that opened to customers on April 12, 2021, as the country entered a new phase of lifting lockdown restrictions.

It was a particularly significant moment for the family-owned West Street hair and beauty salon, as the day also saw the official opening of the new business.

Mollie Warton, show manager, said: ‘It’s been a good year and it’s gone so fast.

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Salon Dolly in Havant celebrates its first anniversary. Owner Mollie Warton (2nd from right) with Chloe Webb, Laci Anderson, Lis, Anderson and Nathan Close. Photo: Paul Collins

“It’s been a learning curve – we gained additional qualifications and were ranked 13th out of 45,000 salons at the UK Hair and Beauty Awards.”

To celebrate Salon Dolly’s first anniversary, the team behind the beauty salon threw a party with cakes, drinks and balloons.

After the party, which took place on Saturday, Mollie said: ‘It was brilliant, really good. I had the whole team around my house throwing a party too.

The Dolly salon in Havant celebrates its first anniversary. Owner Mollie Warton. Photo: Paul Collins

“We sold a lot of raffle tickets and we had the busker up front.

“It was good to give something back.”

Salon Dolly would like to thank Jeremy C. Todd for providing music, Becca the Baker for serving cakes, supplier Rozzells prescriptive hair therapy, Marbs Tanning for donating a raffle prize voucher, Create Me That for balloons and raffle prizes, In the Ivy for a raffle voucher, and all customers, friends and family for their support.

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The Dolly salon in Havant celebrates its first anniversary. Photo: Paul Collins

Mollie added: “I would like to personally thank my daughter Laci [Anderson, salon manager] and the team.

“We have an excellent team, loyal customers, good suppliers.

“We are a team of five people, myself included, but we are growing. We are looking for two freelance stylists so there is room for growth.

“We hope the next 12 months will be even better than the first.

“We are still a small family business, we are a friendly group, we try to give good service and we take care of our customers.

“We really appreciate them and their loyalty.”