Just bring your own Split Enz

EVER wanted to provide the soundtrack to your own haircut? New Albury barber shop Dude Hut is encouraging customers to bring in their music to play while they get a “modern, edgy haircut”.

Owners Chris and Martina Maney, who also run South Albury salon Doll Hut, said they aimed to bring an inner city, hipster-style barber shop to the area.

They are also in talks with breweries to produce their own beer.

Barber Reagan Milburn said the salon would fill a gap in the market, and he “had to be involved” when he heard about the venture.

“Realistically, there’s nothing like this in Albury,” he said. “Young guys can come in and get a really fashionable, edgy cut without going to Melbourne or Sydney.”

Dude Hut opened at the weekend, and the owners were happy with the turnout for their first day of trading on Saturday.

“We only had two barbers, and they were flat out from 8.30am to 2.30pm,” Mr Maney said. “We had more people than we expected.”

The husband and wife, who have run Doll Hut for more than three years, said the businesses were “totally different in their approach”.

“We want to be less stringent with Dude Hut — there’s no need to pre-book,” Mrs Maney said. “You can come in, sit back, relax, and wait your turn.”

The shop will follow in the footsteps of its sister venue in sourcing and promoting local talent and staff.

“We will support local musicians and artists,” Mr Maney said.

“We want to get local bands and solo acts to play on Sundays.

“We really want to keep the local feel, because they’ve been the ones who supported us.”

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