After being targeted by thieves just weeks ago, a popular Leeds hair and beauty salon has overcome the odds to be named the city’s favourite.
The owners of Salon 89, in Boggart Hill Drive, Seacroft, have spoken of their joy at being named the YEP’s Salon of the Year 2015 after a turbulent few weeks.
The established salon has become a much-loved part of the east Leeds community since it opened in March 2013 but callous thieves ram raided its shopfront with a stolen car earlier this summer. They failed to steal anything of value but caused extensive damage to the shop.
Despite the incident customers and staff have rallied, with YEP readers showing their appreciation for the salon staff’s hard work by voting in their droves for Salon 89 to be recognised as a cut above the competition.
Debbie Cohen, who co-owns the salon with Edan Bass, told the YEP: “It’s amazing. Just to be nominated was an accolade to us but to actually get voted the winner is fantastic, especially when you think of the salons we were up against that have been around for a long time and are quite large.
“It’s been a nice finish to a difficult few weeks.”
The YEP received a large number of nominations for the competition from across Leeds, with readers casting more than 1,000 votes in total.
Debbie said staff have been reassured that their success has not been affected by the ram raid, which happened after the deadline for votes had passed.
When asked why she thought Salon 89 had come out on top, Debbie said: “I put it down to Edan. She’s very patient, loves what she does and puts everything into it.”
Readers voted for their favourite salons, whether it was somewhere that they regularly got their hair cut or a place where they enjoyed beauty treatments, self tans or makeovers from time to time.
Dave Kerridge, content sales manager at the YEP, added: “The Leeds public really made this another very successful competition.”