Community a cut above the rest for salon owner
After more than a decade at the helm of Hill Top Hair and Beauty Studio, owner Leila Borthwick is selling her business.
Miss Borthwick will leave the business after 11 years to take on a new challenge: motherhood.
The mum-to-be is due to have her firstborn in January, and is looking forward to taking the next step in her family life.
Miss Borthwick said the best part of owning the salon was the relationships she had with her clients, and many had become family over the years.
“I have had the privilege to be there on special days, from weddings to everyday life, to watching their children grow and change from year six farewell, year 10 formal, year 12 formal and university graduations,” Miss Borthwick said.
“I love nothing more than seeing someone walk out of my salon doors feeling better within themselves physically and mentally, then I know I’ve done my job.”
The salon owner said hairstyles had constantly evolved over the last 11 years.
“It has kept us on our toes and constantly challenging us to learn and be the best we can,” Miss Borthwick said.
“From mullets and perms, to ombré and balayage. It’s always evolving which is why I love the industry.
“It’s never boring that’s for sure, no two days are the same.”
When Miss Borthwick posted about her decision to sell the business on Facebook, there were more than 20 comments and 40 shares, with many well wishes for the mother-to-be.
Miss Borthwick said she hoped the next owner would embrace both hairdressing and the Hill Top community.
"I’m hoping to see the salon sell to someone with passion for not just hairdressing but for our small close knit community,” she said.
“They get to experience what I have and to meet the most amazing people I’ve been lucky enough to have a part of my life.”
Highlands Marketplace donates meals
Owner of Highlands Marketplace, Charter Hall, has partnered with social enterprise Two Good to provide 20,000 meals to domestic violence survivors throughout Australia.
Throughout June and July 2018, 26 retail centres including the Mittagong centre, raised awareness about family and domestic violence.
A giant jigsaw puzzle frame was set up in Highlands Marketplace, with shoppers encouraged to play their part by adding their piece to the puzzle.
The puzzle-building process symbolised domestic violence survivors rebuilding their lives and the role the community can play.
With every piece put into its place, about 800 meals will be donated to a Southern Highlands shelter in the coming weeks.
Our Illawarra Business Awards finalists
The Southern Highlands is represented among the IMB Bank 2018 Illawarra Business Awards finalists list.
Destination Southern Highlands has received a nomination in the Excellence in Tourism category.
The team will compete against Cupitt’s, Novotel Wollongong Northbeach and WIN Sports and Entertainment Centre.
Meanwhile Terry Rayner of ANZ Mortgage Solutions South Coast and Southern Highlands has received a nomination in the category of Outstanding Business Leader.
Mr Rayner shares the category with Diana Foye of Foye Legal, Kylie Moffitt, of PhysioHealth and Sports Injury Clinic, Michael McKeogh, of Fibre Optics Design and Construct.
There are 68 finalists in 17 award categories.
The winners will be announced at WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong on October 19.
Businesses that take out an award will represent the Illawarra and Southern Highlands at the NSW Business Chamber State Awards later in the year.
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