Casey Evans is the owner of Dagger and Rose Barbershop in Sunbury. The Sunbury local tells Jessica Micallef about her business and her desire to reach out to the community.

What is your connection to Sunbury and the Macedon Ranges?

Before I opened my barbershop in Sunbury, I had a lot of friends that lived in Sunbury and I was always there visiting them. I fell in love with the town. On a motorbike trip to Mudgee, New South Wales last year, the owner of Open Road Motorcycles and I got the idea of opening a small barbershop out the front of his Harley shop, combining my two favourite things in one. I’ve now met my future husband, who is a Sunbury local as well. We have big plans for the barbershop in the near future.

What are you passionate about?

The things I’m most passionate about is the barbering world, learning new skills, styles and always striving to be the best I can be. I have been a barber for over 13 years now and coming to work never feels like work. It’s my second home and my clients feel like family. It’s an amazing environment.

How long have you been the owner of Dagger and Rose Barbershop in Sunbury?

I’ve owned my shop for one year and two months now.

How has your barbershop been received by the community?

Everyone I’ve met through my barbershop or the Harley shop has been so welcoming and the community has supported my little shop more then I could ever imagine.

You have decided to reach out to local sport clubs and charities to donate vouchers for haircuts at your store – how did this all come about?

I was just thinking one day how can I help out or get more involved in the community and this was an idea I came up with. It’s been so amazing finding out all these charities and fundraiser events people do in Sunbury. Just shows how great this little place is.

What do you enjoy most about owning Dagger and Rose Barbershop?

I love that I have opened my shop out the front of Open Road Motorcycles and Grafix by Mik combining my love for Harleys, riding and art with barbering – it’s three great businesses under the one roof that really work well together. Something different that isn’t really around Sunbury or the Macedon Ranges.

What would people be most surprised to know about you?

Most people are surprised when I tell them I’m actually from Mackay in Queensland and didn’t grow up in Sunbury but I’m definitely a local now. I also have a love for old pickup trucks – my daily drive is a 1977 Ford F100.