Three Generations of family business – only 3% of salons manage to succeed the 60-year milestone in the UK.
The salon established in 1958 with Antonio Bocchetti senior opening up the first salon on Lurke Street Bedford, Nicholas his son took the reigns in the late 60’s with the help of his brother Andy and began doing women’s hair as well as mens.
The salon was converted from a lorry docking warehouse situated under urke street car park into a large unisex salon. With the backing of Antonio senior, they spent a lot of money on renovating the salon to make it look ultra modern with no expense spared. The salon’s popularity grew to become so busy it would be quite normal to see gents queueing outside the door on a Saturday, it was a place to be seen with over 40 staff as was showcased in the ‘Hairdressers Journal’ as being the largest salons outside of London. The family also opened a salon in St. Neots run by Andrew.
All of the stylists at the salon are had in-house trained and also attend courses at both the Vidal Sasson Academy and Goldell Academys in London also attending annual hair shows to keep their work up to date with the latest trends in Colour and Cutting.
The Nicholas Anthony team have always been passionate about sharing their creativity holding regular hair shows and doing various other stage work, Nicholas having Photography work featured in the ‘Hairdressers Journal’ Magazine among others. As times have changed you can see their most recent work on social media: Facebook and Instagram.
Nicholas recently retired after 48 years and now his son Anthony has been passed on the batten and has joked that he shall name his firstborn Nicholas. Today the salon is located on St. Peters street a mere stone’s throw from Lurke street carpark.
They have a varied team which is what makes them unique, some of the stylists have experience of over 40 years. The youngest stylists are bringing in the new trends and techniques whilst the more senior stylists bring experience and talent that never fails, this is the reason for Nicholas Anthony’s on-going success.
So whether you want a colour overhaul or a quick trim, their friendly and experienced Stylists will make you feel at ease and that your hair is in safe hands.
The salon’s niche is that they try to really get to know our clients, their lifestyle and what they want, before making any decisions on the cut. they always aim for our clients to leave with a style that can be recreated (with some top tips) at home..
One downside of a regular trip to the salon occurs post-appointment, on approach to the till, at Nicholas Anthony they do pride themselves their fair and honest pricing and if you look at their price list, you will see we have a price for everyone’s pocket..they to be as upfront and honest with clients as possible and we can give fixed estimates with free consultations prior to having your hair done.
Nicholas Anthony has been one of Bedford’s busiest salons for over 60 years and that’s not by luck. The salon has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, get ready to sit back have a head massaging shampoo and enjoy a cut from a stylist who knows exactly how to update your look, whether you are looking for something drastic or subtle. This means you can expect to leave with locks you love and a style guaranteed to suit you.
Oh, and they also make a superb cup of tea. Call 01234 357171 for a free consultation or to make an appointment.
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