Rebecca Waldie's barber shop, Jedburgh. (PHOTO: BILL McBURNIE)

Barber Beccie plans to put her clients in a spin

A Jedburgh barber has gone on record to reveal plans to bring a musical twist to her business in Jedburgh when lockdown is finally eased.

By Paul Kelly
Tuesday, 12th January 2021, 8:28 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th January 2021, 8:42 am

Rebecca Waldie is a long-time lover of vinyl records.

With CD sales plummeting in recent years vinyl has seen an upsurge in popularity.

Now Rebecca, 26, is aiming to combine her two passions by selling albums from her business, Waldie’s Barber Shop, in the town’s Exchange Street.

The shop only opened last summer but had built up a strong and loyal clientèle when it was forced to close on Christmas Eve.

However, Rebecca, who did bar work before retraining as a hairdresser, is confident that when the green light to welcome back customers is given the business will reap the benefits of that local loyalty.

She explained: “We’re closed at the moment but I’m hoping to reopen in February and I have a room in the shop that I am fitting out with some old music vinyl. Myself and my dad both collect vinyl to buy and sell on, so we thought of having some in the shop so people can listen. They will be will on display and for sale too.

“There will be a couple of record players and you can come in and browse and listen and buy if you like what you’re hearing.

“I am really confident for the future even though the pandemic has been hard. I think it has raised awareness among locals that local shops need their support and more people are shopping locally rather than going outside of town for stuff.

“I noticed a real change with people coming in and saying they used to go to Hawick or Kelso, but now that they’re not really meant to be travelling they are happy to have somewhere they can go in Jedburgh, which is great.”

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