Six year anniversary of Chameleon New Age Salon – Happy 6 years, Chameleon!
On this day six years ago, Broni and Kieran began the build on the beautiful space we know today. Read on to find out more about our history…
Six year anniversary of Chameleon New Age Salon.
“A Chameleon Tale”
Broni’s hair-dressing career had very humble beginnings. Bron began hairdressing at a very young age, starting out cutting her brother James’ hair in the bathroom in 1991.
At 16 years old, she worked hard at her hairdressing apprenticeship, and eventually opened her own salon in 2005 in Florida Gardens – naming it ‘Chameleon Hair Design’.
Bron got to work developing the salon and building regular clients. As she evolved and grew her business, she decided to combine her love of nature and all things mystical by selling crystals on top of performing hair miracles.
This new endeavour caused business to expand, and with this came Broni’s decision to re-name, and the first incarnation of ‘Chameleon New Age Salon’ was born!
With a new hunger for business, Broni decided to open a regular stall at Miami Marketta and Surfers Paradise weekly markets on the Esplanade.
Here, she began selling crystal salt lamps and other new age products. With both businesses booming, she decided to combine them and move to Surfers Paradise.
She found a shop upstairs in the Centre Arcade, and filled it with crystals and salt lamps, whilst still being booked out every day for hair.
“First Import Shipment”
Not long after rebranding and selling crystals, Broni decided to import her first ever one-tonne shipment.
With her son in Kindergarten, she hired a rickety old ute and drove to the port of Brisbane. She picked up the precious cargo, drove back, unpacked and picked up her son, bathed him, fed him and put him to sleep – all by herself in one day!
This was a powerful moment of realisation for Broni. “I can do anything,” she thought to herself. This was the beginning of something big.
With her newly found self empowerment, Broni began importing crystals and selling them regularly at the markets in Surfers Paradise, where she would go above and beyond for customers, building her client base and community. This is how she met Kieran.
“Meeting Kieran and travelling to India”
Kieran and Broni had only been together a few weeks when they decided to book a holiday to India.
During this journey they travelled on a minimum budget: living amongst locals, visiting many spiritual sites and of course, buying hand crafted stock for Chameleon evolution.
“Finding the Shop”
The journey to India provided the perfect platform to meet new wholesalers face to face. This ensured continued imports of traditional hand made Indian products. Upon their return, they began the search for the new incarnation of Chameleon… and they found it – the perfect building – a huge 500 square meter shop on Surfers Paradise Boulevard. Broni and Kieran spent the first night sharing a romantic pizza and wine dinner on the ground floor – a special moment between twin flames birthing a dream together.
“Building the Dream”
Broni and Kieran got to work. Fortunately Keiran is a carpenter and could build anything that Broni could ever dream of. Room by room he went, building their huge labour of love. They started acquiring the dream team, Mark – Senior Hair Dresser, Britt – Hair Apprentice, Body Piercer and Dreadlock-tician, Ari the original receptionist and Nikki the Head Psychic Medium, who are some of the original members of Chameleon, that continue to work here to this day.
In late 2019, Broni and Kieran made all of their adventures come to life through offering wholesale with the huge amounts of crystals they were importing. This broadened our spiritual community even further – engaging with other crystal shops, sharing and helping them to also succeed and flourish.
“Expanding the Salon”
In November 2020, it was time to expand again. With the lease acquired for the shop next-door, they hired contractors to remove the cement wall. Kieran again went to work with renovations, making benches and cutting out part of a tree to make the new reception desk. The team at Chameleon is now 15 staff members strong and is continuing to grow more and more every day.
“Our Pledge on the six year anniversary of Chameleon New Age Salon”
The feeling when you walk in the door at Chameleon is like no other.
You can feel the community, the team work and the love that fills the beautiful space.
We welcome you to come and enjoy a Chameleon experience.