A new barber has filled Warrnambool's Northpoint Shopping Centre's final vacant shop, taking it to 100 per cent occupancy for the first time since it opened more than a decade ago.
New barber shop Fades to Grey opened on Friday and owner Grace Suckling said it had already received a great response from customers, booking out most days.
Ms Suckling said she had been working from home for the past year and opened the business premises to "expand my horizons".
"Being 20 years old I feel like it's a good thing to achieve by 20," she said.
The barbers offer men's and boys haircuts and fades, as well as beard shaping and trims and cut throat shaves.
"It was a good spot," she said. "It's been vacant since 2013 I believe. There's no barbers or hairdressers in north Warrnambool so it was the perfect location."
She said customer feedback in its opening week had been amazing.
"People have said how handy it is having this location," she said. "Everyone's saying it's awesome to see more barbers in town and especially on this side of town."
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Ms Suckling is looking forward to establishing the business in its new location and continuing to grow it.
"I've kept my regular clients and then we've had extra people who have popped by and seen the shop.
"I'm excited to see more faces and meet so many more people. We're getting walk-ins here - there's so many new faces. You build relationships with these people and form so many new connections.
"I'm keen to meet more people and get more business.
"Eventually I'd like to open more shops later down the track at other places," she said.
The Warrnambool resident completed her apprenticeship at Men Only in Fairy Street, working at other city barbers before starting her own business. Barber Mat Wormald also operates from Fades to Grey.
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