ANGUS South MSP Graeme Dey took the opportunity to reflect on the economic situation in Arbroath and his term in office at the re-opening of a booming salon.
Mr Dey was at the ceremonial opening of the new premises of Shacks hair and beauty at 288 High Street, Arbroath, just a short hop from his own constituency office.
Shacks had previously occupied a smaller adjacent property, but a growing client base had prompted business partners Jackie Stuart and Sharon Russell to expand.
Mr Dey said: “It’s a great sign of the confidence of local business in our High Street reviving, as they have moved up to this bigger site.
“There’s a lot to be done still on High Streets all over Scotland, and especially in this financial climate it’s a priority to do all we can to support the town centre.”
Looking back at the end of the year at his first term in office Mr Dey said: “I hope it’s just an end of one of many years! I look back with confidence on so many things in the last seven months.”
Mr Dey has paid particular attention to ensuring as many of his constituents have direct access to him. He said: “We are pretty much where we want to be in terms of being up and running. I am as accessible as possible, in 19 different locations, especially in the villages.”
Asked how he has found this first term, Mr Dey said: “It’s been fantastically enjoyable. I’ve really, really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to more in 2012.”
Jackie Stuart, head hairdresser explained the move: “We wanted a go at a larger premises and this just came as a good opportunity.
“We’ve been open three weeks already, but we’ve been so busy in the run up to Christmas that this is the first chance we’ve had to have a proper opening.
“We’re totally confident, having the larger premises is much more inviting and we’re having more people walking in.”
Shacks will hold an open day on Saturday, January 7, between 12 and 5 p.m. with wine, nibbles and live music.