LOOKING more like a prop from a sci-fi film than a shop, the latest addition to Port Solent is proving a hit with customers.
The silver bullet-shaped Airstream trailer, on land next to the Chiquito’s restaurant, is the home of Feet Wave, a fish pedicure business that uses garra rufa fish to nibble away dead skin from customers’ feet.
It’s a treatment which is increasing in popularity as a way to get smooth feet.
Charley Fryatt was won over after trying the treatment once, but has had to battle against all the odds to set up her business.
She said: ‘Last year my life changed dramatically when we found out my dad had cancer.
‘But now he has just been given the all-clear.
‘I’ve had to battle with dyslexia through my life, which has always meant I have to work extra hard to succeed.
‘I always knew I wanted to work for myself, I just had to find the right thing.
‘I tried the fish pedicure and was amazed at the results, and from then I looked into the treatment, spent many months researching and talking to industry professionals in this country and abroad.
‘My parents have their own property business and they have drilled in to me, my brother and sister to work hard and never give up.’
Feet Wave launched this summer, and while many beauticians offer the fish pedicure as an additional service, Charley’s business is based on it, which makes her something of an expert.
And the setting, she said, was obvious.
She added: ‘I wanted to be different from the rest and thought the trailer would be the perfect setting for the fish.
‘It’s glamorous and cool.
‘We’re very excited to be in Port Solent. It’s a great location, fitting the look of the Airstream, and the quality of our treatments.
‘We are growing, and we’ll have a second van opening in October and a third by the end of the year.’