The lockdown marked the end of an era for one of the Atlantic seaboard’s most popular hairdressers.
After 41 years, Theos Hairdressers closed its doors in April.
Owner Theo Thalassinos said a short while before the Covid-19 pandemic struck, they were given notice to vacate the premises.
He said the landlords were willing to give them more time but because of the impact of lockdown, they were forced to close their doors.
“The landlords have always treated me well and has acted within their rights,” he said.
His wife Angie Thalassinos said the Covid-19 lockdown
had affected hairdressers severely and they didn’t know how
they were going to cover their expenses.
“The landlords were willing to give us more time, but we were not making any money because of the lockdown and instead of waiting, we decided to close down,” she said.
Mr Thalassinos thanked the Sea Point community for their support over the years. “On behalf of myself and my staff, I thank you for your patronage and friendship. Thank you for welcoming me into the Sea Point community. It has been a true honour.
“I would like to thank each
and every one who has made
my time here so memorable and who has loyally supported me throughout the years. My gratitude to you is without bounds,” he said.
He said he would work part-time from his home in Milnerton as soon as barbers were allowed to legally operate again.
Residents were saddened by the news and there was an outpouring of support as many recalled fond memories of the shop.
Former Ward 54 councillor and resident Jacques Weber posted: “For many of us, he has seen us grow up and has been part of our lives from a very young age.
“Truly the end of an era. An absolute legend to many in Sea Point. Theo, go well, keep safe and thank you for the many conversations, cuts and all.”
Another resident, Stephen Cohen said he had been going to the hairdresser for nine years since arriving in Cape Town. “He’s the ultimate gentleman. Wonderful stories and a fine barber. He will be truly missed in Sea Point. I am happy to drive out to Milnerton after lockdown to have a good haircut,” he said.
Mr Thalassinos said he was overwhelmed by the response from the residents. “To all the wonderful people out there who have reached out and showed their support, thank you all for your kindness and concern, it will never be forgotten. Until we meet again, stay safe.”