Another business has opened in Aboyne’s former railway station building.
The Station Square complex has a new tenant named, appropriately, the Whistle Stop Triple Shop.
It is run by retired police officer Andrew Robertson and his partner Elaine Duncan and stocks arts and crafts materials, all ranges of toys and a large selection of confectionery.
Andrew said: “The reason behind the name is the whistle stop is in reference to the station and the triple shop is the three main products we are selling.”
The couple have opened the shop, which had lain empty for around four years, in time to capture the festive trade - and they believe it is a further boost to the local business community.
Another unit was taken up recently with a new cafe occupied by sisters Hollie and Emma Petrie, who live at Glen Tanar.
Andrew and Elaine stay in Aboyne and they hope the increased business activity will send out a positive message from the village.
Elaine said: “Having the cafe is going to make a difference to everybody here.”
Andrew added: “It’s great for the area with all the units now being taken.
“Hopefully it will attract tourists and get them to stop in the village, rather than pass through as a lot of them tend to do.”
The Whistle Stop Triple Shop is open from 9-5pm from Monday to Saturday.