RETRO STYLE: Melanie Etheridge in her new Nambour shop, Pin Curls and Petticoats, glamming up Maxene Martini in 1950s style.
RETRO STYLE: Melanie Etheridge in her new Nambour shop, Pin Curls and Petticoats, glamming up Maxene Martini in 1950s style. Brett Wortman

Rockabilly era lives on

THEY had style, they had class and every generation since wants a touch of their look.

Melanie Etheridge wanted more and saw a need to bring the famous rockabilly 1950s era to the streets of Nambour.

The Nambour hairdresser embodies the 1950s look and has opened Pin Curls and Petticoats, a store full of the era's clothing and accessories.

As an extra touch, she also offers vintage hair and make-up makeovers.

"I love the styles from the mid-century (1950s), from the clothes to the hairstyles," Ms Etheridge said.

"I can now offer a shopping environment to others interested and passionate about the lifestyle and styling as well."

The classic '50s look keep reappearing and Ms Etheridge said it was all down to the class of the time.

"The era has been popular for so long because it is really classy and it makes us feel feminine too," she said.

"I think the clothing is so much nicer than today and the fashion makes girls look gorgeous and gives them a chance to dress up.

"I have had couples come in and I do sell men's gear. My partner loves the style on me. He loves me looking like a lady."

As a part of the Nambour Creative Commerce Project, an initiative by the Nambour Alliance, this business has become a reality for Ms Etheridge in a once-empty shopfront.

The project has allowed creative businesses to be a success in pop-up shops on Howard St which has brought vibrancy back to this part of Nambour.

"The Nambour Creative Commerce Project has been good to me. It has given me an opportunity to open a business that I wouldn't have been able to open anywhere else," Ms Etheridge said.

"It is reviving the Nambour community. I get so many people come and say how great it is to walk down Howard St and see the new shops.

"It is nice to hear people say something positive."



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