Teaming together nails top award
TURNING the devastating January floods into an opportunity has clinched the 2013 Fraser Coast Business of the Year Award for Maryborough's Michelle's Cutting Edge and Kelley's Nails of Excellence.
The two businesses are separate entities who now share a roof, operating costs and even clients.
The unusual partnership began after the original Kelley's Nails of Excellence in Bazaar St was one of dozens of businesses flooded with more than 1.5 metres of water in January.
Michelle Byrne said the two business owners had toyed with the idea to team up for several years, but the timing had never been right.
They decided to go ahead with the move in the aftermath of the floods, expanding into an adjacent empty shop.
Ms Byrne said both hairdressing and nail services had grown since the two businesses came together.
She said neither her nor Kelley Nancarrow, owner of Kelley's Nails of Excellence, suspected they would win.
The Fraser Coast Business Awards were announced in a gala ceremony at the Brolga Theatre on Thursday night.
Michelle's Cutting Edge and Kelley's Nails of Excellence were nominated across three categories.
They won the Professional Services Award as well as taking out the major award of the night.
"It was sensational," Ms Byrne said. "Our Facebook page has just been flooded with people saying congratulations."