Here’s the businesses shortlisted for Readers’ Choice award at this year’s Evening Express Retailer Awards.
Cupcakes by Jo
Owner Jo Gale was “unbelievably excited” to be shortlisted for the awards for the fourth year running.
She said: “It means a lot to even be in the same category as some of the top businesses in Aberdeen.
“What everyone should know about Cupcakes by Jo (on Crown Street) is that I run the whole show.
“I am a one woman cake factory!
“I bake everything myself daily, I run the social media pages and serve all the customers.
“I put my heart and soul into my business and it is my life.”
Stepping Stones in Stonehaven aims to offer extra value.
Owners Lynn Guzik and Mhari Mitchell said: “The Readers’ Choice was special as it was based on what our lovely customers had said about us in their nominations.
“We are so fortunate to meet fabulous children and their families on a daily basis. We run regular Additional Support Needs sessions where families have exclusive access to our shop, staff and services.
“We can amend the environment according to their needs, for example dim lighting or no music playing.”
JK Fine Foods
JK Fine Foods on Chattan Place always supports local and independent Scottish food producers
Owner John King said: “We were naturally delighted to be shortlisted.
“We were particularly happy to make the shortlist for the Readers’ Choice Award as this is voted for by the general public and our customers, so it was an honour to hear we were in the running.
“JK Fine Foods boasts one of the best butchery counters in the city with all the beef sourced directly from Millers of Speyside in the Highlands, ensuring the customer gets superb Scottish quality.”
The Barn – Foveran
This unique venue in Foveran aims to expand.
Director Christine Graham said: “We are overwhelmed to be a finalist for the Readers’ Choice Retailer of the Year award.
“Opening in January, 2018 has been an incredible year and journey for us and we couldn’t have made it here without the fantastic support from our team, clients and customers.
“This would be an amazing achievement and recognition of all the hard work and commitment our team have demonstrated since we opened.
“Exciting times are ahead as we plan to expand on what we have achieved so far.”