SOUTH Hylton hair salon His and Hers has reopened almost a year after a devastating blaze – thanks to a little help from its friends.
The shop in Railway Terrace has been closed since fire broke out in the pizza shop next door in the early hours of December 5 last year.
An elderly man had to be rescued from his flat above the salon as 22 firefighters from Sunderland Central, Farringdon, Fulwell and Washington spent five hours working to make the building secure.
The entire row of shops has been closed since the fire.
The Echo reported last week that sisters Alison Hodgson and Deborah Newton had reopened their fruit and veg shop on one side of the takeaway.
Now His and Hers – on the other side – is back in business too.
Owner Lynn Naisbit has been overwhelmed by the support she has received from the local community and other businesses in the area.
“All the staff woke up and it looked as though their jobs had gone,” she said.
“But the whole community just rallied round.”
Robert and Anne Young, who run The Jolly Potter across the road from Railway Terrace, offered Lynn the use of an empty room upstairs in the pub.
“We had to lose some of the staff but most of us managed to stay on and keep trading, for which we are incredibly grateful,” she said.
“We had no equipment but Tracy from Future Hedz in Pallion stepped in and provided us with equipment and mirrors, all the things we needed to keep going.
“Both our builder Geoff Rutherford and Bartram’s Flooring have been brilliant.
“Now we are back, bigger and better than ever.
“Some of our old clients couldn’t cope with the stairs at the pub but now that we are open again, they have come flooding back.
“All our customers and the community of the village have stood by us and we just want to say a big thank you to everyone for their support.”
A former garage at the rear of the salon has also been refurnished and will become a new home for the Million Hair’s pet-grooming salon, previously based in Roker.