THERE'S no place like home for Rex Silver, who's come back to his home town after a long stint in the big smoke.
Mr Silver grew up in Gladstone and left when he finished school at Gladstone State High.
He embarked on a hairdressing career on the Gold Coast before working in Melbourne and Sydney.
He returned to central Queensland six months ago.
He and his partner are expecting their first child in July and would rather be in Gladstone than anywhere else in Australia.
"My mum and sister have always lived here," he said.
"Gladstone's always been a home.
"I want to raise my family where I grew up. I had a great childhood."
Mr Silver has since opened his business Silver Salon at 3/90 Goondoon St, a process that took four-and-a-half months.
"We had the opportunity to do a much bigger project here than in Sydney," he said.
"I am also making a men's salon underneath and beauty rooms. We are making a big splash in Gladstone."
The change that's occurred in Gladstone over the years amazed Mr Silver when he returned.
It was change he was over the moon to see.
"It's going to continually grow," he said.
"It was a country town but it's a small city and I like the vibe."