Warren's a cut above the rest
WORKING as a barber for over 27 years, Warren Mienert has seen a lot of trends come and go but one thing remains the same.
“I always enjoy the work I do,” he said.
Now one of the longest serving barbers in Rockhampton, Warren is very comfortable with his job, but it was never something he had set out to do.
Stumbling across an advertisement in the paper for an apprentice barber, Warren decided it was as good an opportunity as any to make a living.
“Those were the days before coal mining really took off around here and it seemed like a good way to make some money.”
Now clearly an important part of his life, Warren’s work and home life have been mixed for years.
Opening up his shop in Berserker St in 1984, Warren lived in a one-bedroom unit attached to his shop for a few years before a growing family forced him to build a house.
Feeling at home in his shop, he opted to build his new house at the back of the business. Living and working in Berserker for nearly 30 years, Warren has earned himself a steady number of regulars, which he attributes to his long tenure in the business.
“My favourite part of the job is the time I get with the regulars. I have been cutting some of those people’s hair for over 20 years, so you get to know each other over that time.
“I don’t usually take appointments, so most of the regulars just show up and it’s a bit like getting a visit from an old mate.”
It is also his strong relationship with his regulars that can bring a sad element to his day.
“It’s always sad for me to find out that one of my clients has passed away. When you have been cutting someone’s hair for a countless number of years, it’s sad when you realise that you won’t ever do that again.”
While some may marvel at this small, local business surviving in such uncertain times, Warren’s philosophy on his job is simple. “People always need to get their hair cut, and I’m just here to do it,” he said.