Here’s the businesses shortlisted for Specialist Retailer of the Year at this year’s Evening Express Retailer Awards.
Stonehaven’s Stepping Stones, a one-stop-shop for children’s clothing and haircuts, aims to make the experience stress free.
Owners Lynn Guzik and Mhari Mitchell said: “Everything within our shop is focused on stress-free shopping, from our caterpillar shoe-fitting bench, to our play area, to our hairdressing chair, to our strategically placed iPads, our team’s approach, to our baby changing facilities.
“We aim to add value in everything we do – every first pair of shoes is accompanied by a photo of the child in a keepsake wallet, and every first haircut leaves with a lock of hair in one of our keepsake boxes.”
Craigdon Mountain Sports
Craigdon Mountain Sports in Aberdeen and Inverurie aims to provide customers with appropriate outdoor kit.
Managing director Max Bruce said: “We are an independently-owned outdoor clothing and equipment retailer. We stock outdoor, leisure and travel clothing and equipment for skiing, hill walking and camping.
“Our aim is to make sure our customers have the right clothing and equipment for enjoying outdoor activities, whether that is walking the dog, preparing for a skiing holiday or a mountain expedition.”
Whether you are looking for home decorations, jewellery or gifts for someone extra special, Juniper, situated on Belmont Street, promises to offer something for everyone.
Owner Jamie Stewart said he was delighted Juniper has been announced as a finalist.
“Juniper is an independently-run store established in 1971, in the heart of Aberdeen, supplying a variety of quality goods.
“Our team always maintains a high level of friendly and personal service for the best shopping experience and we are guaranteed to have a gift for any occasion.”
Papeterie Crafts employs crafters who love their jobs.
Manager Charlotte Mitchell said: “We were absolutely delighted to be shortlisted as it is lovely for the hard work of staff and customers to be recognised.
“We are an independent business based at Stoneywood Paper Mill, with staff who are passionate about what they do as they don’t just work in a craft shop, but are crafters.
“They can, therefore, share their wealth of knowledge with customers to make them as passionate about the products as themselves.”