Business news: Your Hair Hub, Novo Bridal, O.C. Dean’s Fitness, Bar 7 and Olives & Umbrellas, TVHS, Selina Margate and Wetherspoon pubs

HAIR HUB: Jo Holden ,Louise Steele, Tara Pilcher, Sammy Stevens and Sam Grounds

Your Hair Hub

A salon in Ramsgate which opened in June last year has been joined by two new stylists,

Thanet friends Jo Holden, Tara Pilcher and Sam Grounds opened the doors of the hub at the Marlowe Innovation Centre in June, bringing their skills under one roof.

The trio, who all trained through  the Keith Graham Academy to gain NVQ level 2 & 3 in hairdressing and have 10 years’ experience between them.

Now stylists Louise Steele and Sammy Stevens, also with a decade of industry experience, have joined the business.

Tara Pilcher and Louise Steele worked together previously for 11 years in a Cliftonville based salon before Louise took the plunge to set up her own mobile business.

Sammy Stevens -mum to Charlie and Daisy the dog -Jo Holden and Sam Grounds also worked together previously in a Ramsgate salon where the three became good friends.

Jo a former NVQ assessor was part of the team who trained Sammy Stevens and Sam Grounds

Jo said: “We have been working with East Kent College providing a work experience place for two students -Jess Knibb and Hope Kelly- both are thriving and we are happy to be a part of their hairdressing journey.

“The feedback we have had from former clients and new has been so lovely. We strive to make the salon a welcoming environment.

“We are looking forward to 2024 and continuing to update our skills we have some courses booked already this year we are looking forward too. We welcome all existing clients and new ones.”

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Novo Bridal

Chloe’s mum Marcia is heading up mother of the bride or groom services

A Westbrook bridal shop is expanding its offerings after owner Chloe Endicott teamed up with her mum to launch mother of the bride or groom services.

Novo Bridal, which has just marked its first anniversary, is headed by mum-of-two Chloe who has a background in the wedding and events industry.

The 32-year-old, who named the business after daughters Ocean and Nova and was backed by dad Karl and her partner Josh and her brothers pitched in to decorate the Canterbury Road shop.

Now mum Marcia Francis, who was formerly working in accounts and orders locally, has become a full-time business partner and is busy promoting the new service.

Chloe said: “My mum was very excited to join full-time and help to expand services. We are doing mother of the bride or groom collection and also doing prom dresses. We have larger sizes and they are all beautifully designed dresses and gowns.”

Novo Bridal stocks a Curve collection, Tiffany’s, discontinued and pre-loved gowns as well as all the necessary accessories. Appointments can be made but walk-ins are also catered for.

Novo Bridal is at 48 Canterbury Road, Westbrook

Find it on facebook here

Or online here

O.C Dean’s Fitness

Dean Perry at his  fitness studio in Margate Photo Zandri Arnold Photography

O.C. Dean’s Fitness in New Street, Margate, is now offering training for juniors and teenagers.

The gym was opened by personal trainer Dean Perry, from Ramsgate, in 2022 and offers 1-1 and small group sessions plus a waiting room for little ones while their parents train has opened in Margate.

The waiting room, with fire stick TV, toys, colouring books and juices and snacks, is aimed at helping parents, especially those who are sole carers, who might otherwise not be able to spend time at a gym.

Dean has worked in the fitness industry for more than 20 years since an award during Army training sparked his passion.

He is now offering sessions for youngsters aged 12 to 16. He said: “I started this because gyms promise inductions but barely give a tour.

“Anyone new to a gym should be given a minimum of three inductions on all equipment and safety in training. It can be detrimental if you don’t know what you’re doing.

“My main concern with a lack of inductions for teens is major injury as their bodies aren’t fully developed yet. If your kid(s) are thinking about joining a gym, or currently using one and not too sure what to do, I can train up to five teens in my gym at a time.

“Training with me will also provide discipline, routine and structure. If your child is on the wrong track, getting rude, angry, or lacking respect. I don’t stand for any foolishness and I’ll straighten them out. As an angry kid who chose to go down the wrong path ,training/exercise and discipline saved my life.”

Dean is fully DBS checked.

O.C Dean’s Fitness is at 23 New Street, Margate.

Find the website here

Bar 7 and Olives and Umbrellas

Karl Knight and mum Wendy at Bar 7

A family run venture which in Margate High Street just before Christmas is teaming up with an independent mobile cocktail business for a Spring workshop.

Bar 7 bistro, bar and Knight’s Studios and hire space, is headed up by Wendy Knight and son Karl with husband Douglas and daughter Shelby also pitching in.

Olives and Umbrellas was launched by Thanet resident Nickie Butcher last year and provides cocktail making workshops and caters for parties and events. Nickie has some 10 years bar experience and enjoys experiment with cocktails.

The Spring cocktail workshop will be held at Bar 7 on March 15 from 6pm-8pm. A fun interactive evening is planned with cocktails, games, welcome drink and much more

Cost is £45pp, book through Bar 7 at 59 High Street Margate or message on facebook here

Find Olives and Umbrellas on facebook here

Thanet Virtual High Street

Karen Brinkman

TVHS has declared 2024 as the year of collaboration for Thanet independent businesses.

Some 70 independents have pledged to join the campaign, aimed at working with fellow businesses to create a thriving community where businesses grow collectively, support one another, and contribute to the overall success of the network.

Thanet Business Buddy Karen Brinkman, who founded TVHS during the pandemic, has listed five actions to support the campaign:

*Team Up:* Work together with other local businesses/charities to build a collaborative community.

*Share and Grow:* Share what you know and help others grow, whether it’s knowledge or resources.

*Community Support:* Be there for local events and initiatives organised by fellow collaborators.

*Boost Each Other:* Help promote each other’s products, services, or events for more visibility.

*Learn Together:* Seek out networking opportunities to learn and grow.

Find more Karen Brinkman Tvhs on facebook

Selina Margate

Selina Margate hotel is re-opening on March 1 and is offering a deal for bookings made between now and  April 1.

Make a booking for a two-night stay (bookings can be made from 8th January) and get a 25% discount with breakfast and a free welcome drink included. Stays can be booked for between 1st March – 30th October.

In addition to its range of room options, which are all designed by local artists, Selina Margate also offers wellness classes, a co-working area, and a spacious beer garden.

Visit for further information.

Wetherspoon Margate and Ramsgate

Photo Phil Bay

Pub-goers can enjoy a January Sale at The Mechanical Elephant in Margate and the Royal Victoria Pavilion in Ramsgate,

The price of a range of drinks and meals is reduced between Tuesday January 2 until Wednesday January 17 inclusive.

Customers can also enjoy savings on food too, with offers on a small breakfast (fried egg, bacon, sausage, baked beans and a hash brown) at £2.99.

There will also be a selection of burgers included in the sale (to include a soft drink or alcoholic drink) from a choice of four; American burger, classic beef burger, crunchy chicken strip burger (all served with chips) and skinny beef burger (served with a side salad). They cost £4.99 with a soft drink and £6.46 with an alcoholic drink.

The pubs will also be serving a range of small plates (including halloumi-style fries, chicken wings and Nachos) with any three for £12.


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