THE owners of Billingsgate Tattoo and Barber have praised locals and tradies who helped them reopen just 12 days after an arson attack.
Co-owner Samantha Pimblett says there was $30,000 worth of damage to her shop on South Street in Beaconsfield.
“Everything from one side of the shop to the other was melted,” she says.
“Everything was black and covered in soot.”
But with “lots of help from friends and the community”, Mrs Pimblett was determined to get the business back up and running.
“We weren’t going to let it get to us.”
Although the shop was insured and tradies offered discounted rates, Mrs Pimblett estimated the arson attack on May 9 will still cost her about $40,000.
Police are still treating the incident as a suspected arson attack and have released CCTV footage of the group who allegedly committed the crime.
Despite all the stress, Mrs Pimblett is still looking on the bright side.
“As bad as it was, we’ve had a lot of exposure from it and a lot more interest in our business,” she says.
Although the business is recovering, the co-owner is still “disgusted” the alleged perpetrators “didn’t stop to think someone was living upstairs.”
If you have info about the attack in the early hours of May 9, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
by WADE ZAGLAS