A new fun-filled cafe where children can play make-believe has today opened its doors in a north-east town.
Play Town: Role Play Cafe in Inverurie allows children to explore their creative sides during 90-minute play sessions.
The High Street space, which used to be a VisitScotland shop, will be filled with mini shops, a supermarket, a hairdresser, a fire station and even a vet.
The new business is the brainchild of mum-of-three Fiona Clegg.
Fiona, 42, said: “It is going really well – we’re almost at the stage where we’re ready to open.
“It’s just the last few touches that need to be done.
“It looks just lovely.
“The unit has really come alive this week.
“The role play town is made up of a street that runs round the outside of the cafe.
“There is a hospital, a fire station, a police station a nursery with dolls and lots of other things.
“We’ll also have a lot of dressing-up clothes that children can put on while they’re playing as well.
“In the middle of the cafe we’ve put a seating area for parents and carers so they can keep an eye on their kids.”
Fiona, who is mum to Jamie, 14, Lucy, 12, and Bailey, 8, first took over the Inverurie unit in February and has said the experience has been a team effort with her children and husband Andy.
She said: “We started planning this time last summer and we got the building in February.
“The last few months have been a bit frantic but it’s so good to see it all come together now.
“I’ve got three kids myself and it was great having them around as I was making it – it was a real family event and they have all been involved.
“There’s been a handy test run but we won’t really know what people think until it’s open.
“Being this close to opening is simultaneously nerve-wracking and exciting.
“It’s fantastic to have an idea for so long and seeing it all come to life.
“Now I’m just hoping that it all works – fingers crossed nothing goes too badly wrong.”
The cafe has already had multiple inquiries from parents looking to bring their children along.
Fiona said: “The response I’ve had from people has been unbelievable.
“I’m very proud to have had such a positive start.
“It’s actually a bit overwhelming.
“Even while we’ve been working on the unit, we’ve had people peering in the window to see how things are coming along.
“I’m just hoping that we can keep up with demand.
“We’ve had a lot of inquiries for birthday parties and we’ve taken our first few bookings which is brilliant.
“The cafe only takes up to 18 kids which I think is quite nice for the adults because there can only really be one party happening at a time.
“As a parent, I know I always felt more comfortable and secure that the kids were safe in an environment like that.
“It also means you can always keep an eye on them.
“We’ve made sure that we’ve got really nice coffee as well – we got our machine from Caber Coffee in Aberdeen.
“It’s important that it’s also a pleasant space for adults to be in.
“Hopefully it will be somewhere that grown-ups and children can both enjoy.”