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Fire-hit Derry hair salon brews up way to mark anniversary

By Eamonn MacDermott

A hair salon in Londonderry that had to close following a fire at a neighbouring business last year has risen from the ashes to go from strength to strength.

The award-winning RoCo Hair marked the first anniversary of the blaze with the opening of a chic coffee house.

The arrival of the carefully styled RoCo Brew Bar at the salon's new home on the Quay has created seven full and part-time posts, with plans for further jobs in the pipeline.

It has been a year since flames ripped through the Mandarin Palace restaurant, destroying neighbouring properties and leaving the then Strand Road hair salon facing an uncertain future.

However, since making the move to the Quay last summer, RoCo has flourished and now employs 25 staff in the salon and trendsetting Brew Bar, which boasts spectacular riverfront views.

"We have a vision and it's working well so far," said Ronan Stewart, who co-owns RoCo with his business partner Connor Grant.

"After the fire almost shut us down completely, we were determined that not only would our business survive but that it would flourish.

"We moved into two temporary premises and viewed every vacant building in the city before finally finding our true home on the Quay.

"With the opening of RoCo Brew Bar we are inviting coffee lovers in Derry to make it their home too.

"We're also delighted to reward our existing salon customers with a chic cafe bar experience.

"Our customers can be assured that if it's not right, we won't serve it."

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