What started as a hobby and a bit of fun has turned into one of Greater Springfield’s most successful business stories.
Fana and Shelleigh Lole are the owners of Lole’s Barber Shop and have established a cult following, with people traveling from all over Brisbane to have their locks trimmed by their barbers.
The couple opened their second barber shop last year and said they could never have imagined the journey their casual side hustle would take them on.
Celebrating: One-year anniversary
Who: Shelleigh and Fana Lole
What? Lole’s Barber Shop
Where: Park Ave, Springfield Central
Why Greater Springfield?
“We have been here for 11 years and purchased our house at Springfield Lakes back in 2012. We have seen the area go from strength to strength in the short time we have lived here and wanted to be a part of that growth,” Mrs Lole said.
“Seeing what is and what is still yet to come is extremely exciting and we simply couldn’t see ourselves living anywhere else.
“Understanding both the commercial and residential plan for Springfield Central was quite a strategic move and being able to purchase the commercial space for the second shop was an offer too good to refuse.”
Highlights since opening one year ago?
Mrs Lole said meeting new people and growing their team had been the stand-out achievement for the business over the past year.
“We have 12 staff now since opening our second shop and all of them are either local or live in the fringe suburbs of Greater Springfield,” Mrs Lole said.
“Our staff are just amazing and it’s a very close-knit family feel which means it never feels like work.
“It’s also been rewarding meeting new people on a daily basis, either customers or other local business owners, who are just as passionate about this area as we are.
“It’s invaluable and rewarding to have a strong network of people around us, who are all heading in the same direction and working to make this area something really special.”
To the future…
With things tracking along so well, Mrs Lole couldn’t rule out the possibility of opening in additional locations.
“We certainly hope to continue to grow with this city and have identified a few areas we would like to move into later down the track,” she said.
“The beauty of being in such a developing market is that the possibilities are endless.”