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It has been reported here today that a new Cut-price Cutter has entered the market in Portarlington.

In fact, this does add a new dimension to a 'Back-yarder' entering the scene. As you can see by the accompanying photograph, the business claims to have fewer overheads...in fact no over-heads for that matter.

"Furniture is...well...minimalist" said the owner Big Mike, who asked that his surname not be used...since he cant spell it anyway! 

When we arrived, a happy Customer, Kamil, seemed to be enjoying the experience.

"I dont mind holding the mirror up while having my hair cut.......But holding it up for other clients is stretching it a bit " he said

Big Mike explained that "Our shop design has been well thought out...the retail section is seen clearly in the back ground. It is somewhat understated and has that certain  Je ne sais pas" he said.

Certainly the new hair salon has a homely feel. Well, if you live in the Bronx it would anyway! 

The prices vary with what the clients can afford. In Kamil's case he no cash, and since there is no EFTPOS either, they did a nice deal on Kamil's shirt which he had purchased at Dimmeys 2 years ago, for $1.99 ( including gst)

For an extra $1 you can have your hair washed too. If you dont mind waiting till it rains.

I think the new Portarlington Cut Price Chopper probably wins the 'lack of overheads' trophy, even over the Saloon I found in India a few years ago. 

This little salon has all of the similar elements but boasts extra features such as central heating, a roof and a wall to hang the mirror on. 

 Maybe the downside is its pretty close to the Pakistan border where there is some exchange of gunfire from time to time. And the potential of a stray bullet parting your hair after the cut! 


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