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ELENA MCPHEE
Last updated 09:50 03/07/2014
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WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR: Blenheim hair salon owners Michelle Bowler, of 2Style Hair Design and Donna Tupouto’a, of Hair by Kardos.

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Two Blenheim hair salons are pulling together after a burst water pipe washed one of them out of their premises.

Maxwell Rd salon Hair by Kardos has temporarily moved into 2Style Hair Design's building on Scott St, after a hot water pipe burst at Kardos over the weekend of June 21 and 22.

Kardos manager Debbie Jensen said she found the windows steamed up and water running under the back door of the salon when she arrived at work that Monday.

The tanks were set up to continuously refill to service the salon, so the water had just kept coming, she said.

The floor and walls were badly damaged, and water had been sucked up through shelving into the computer, damaging the hard drive.

Luckily the salon's booking system was saved to the Cloud, and the salon could access it with iPads and iPhones, Jensen said.

The salon had started saving to the Cloud after the Christchurch earthquakes prompted them to consider the impact a disaster could have on their operation.

"It proved its weight in gold," Jensen said.

New carpet and tiles were being laid and the walls needed to be repainted. She hoped to be back in the premises in three weeks. Kardos moved into the building 2 years ago, and renovated it with new Italian fittings. Fortunately, it was fully insured, Jensen said.

2Style owner Michelle Bowler, a good friend of Kardos owner Donna Tupouto'a, offered to let the business operate from her new salon, which she moved into three months ago. Bowler said when she heard about the burst pipe, letting Kardos use her salon was the only thing to do.

"They'd do the same for us."

2Style's premises is in one third of what was formerly Chequers cafe. "The salon's so big, we could cater for them," she said. The salon was "nice and busy" and everyone was working as a team, she said.

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