‘The good thing now is there is light at the end of the tunnel’

‘The good thing now is there is light at the end of the tunnel’

By Maurice Garvey

A BITTERSWEET anniversary on Tuesday for a local salon celebrating 10-years in business, but alas, due to Covid restrictions, they could not host an event the milestone deserved.

Rum Toffee, a Ballyfermot salon, was established in 2011 by Lynda Robinson Hogan, and has become an integral part of the community, winning numerous accolades in L’Oréal finals.

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Linda Robinson, owner of Rum Toffee

For three weeks ahead of salons re-opening on May 10, owner/director Lynda, was flat out on the phone arranging appointments for clients, trying to work her way through a five-month backlog.

“Within the space of the first two hours on the phone, the first two weeks were booked out,” she said.

“Everything is done by appointment now. We always worked by appointment anyway but a lot of customers who walked in, have had to get used to this. However, people are quite patient.”

Although Lynda and her seven staff enjoyed a festive mood on Tuesday with balloons and bunting, there was no ability under current restrictions to share a glass of bubbly with customers.

Even if they could, business is so busy now after months of inactivity, that they would struggle to find the time to enjoy a refreshing glass of champers.

“I’m working all the hours God gave me. It has been brilliant to re-open, the clients in Ballyfermot are very loyal,” said Lynda.

“This last year has been tough. It is tough for everyone, a testing time. We got used to social distancing the last time and are able to manage with hand sanitiser and all the other stuff. It literally flows now, the girls are like robots adhering to the new rules.

“I’m quite stringent anyway. Before Covid, the salon was always spotless.”

Rum Toffee, a salon who specialise in hair care and well known for their colour expertise, are currently looking for hair stylists to join the team.

Located beside Molloy’s in Grange Cross, the salon is open Monday to Saturday, with staff earning a well-deserved day off on Sunday.

“We are doing some late nights, over the 10 years there has been ups and downs but is has always been busy,” said Lynda.

“The good thing now is there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

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