A new gift shop will open in Aberdeen next month – in the home of a former beloved business.
Nova in Chapel Street closed in 2017 after 50 years to allow owner Rosemary McCann to retire.
The premises has sat empty since, but now businesswoman Katharine Canning has decided to expand her Deeside shop and open one in the city.
Copper and Grey opened in Banchory in 2018, selling a range of homeward, cards and decorations, bespoke jewellery and an array of presents.
Ms Canning said: “We are delighted to be opening a new store so quickly.
“It has been a difficult few months for many businesses and we couldn’t have continued without our amazingly loyal customer base.
“We are extremely proud to be offering continued employment.
“We are really looking forward to putting our own style to this much-loved store and continue to grow our unique range of gifts, cards and homewares for both locals and visitors to the city.”
Nova closed in July 2017 after Ms McCann decided to retire.
It had been a favourite for many shoppers, and Mrs McCann was instrumental in setting up what was then a new design concept in gift shopping in 1965.
One of her first purchases for the shop was Laura Ashley tea towels – before the brand became an international success with its clothes and homeware.
She was also the first to stock Paddington Bear in the Granite City.
By the early 1970s, Nova had become so successful Mrs McCann and her husband Patrick bought the premises on either side to allow them expand.
The shop celebrated 50 years of trading in 2015 – a day after a car crashed into the property’s windows.
It looked like the celebrations would be cancelled as a result, but workers and businesses rallied around to ensure the milestone was still a special occasion.
Copper and Grey will be opening early next month.