A new cafe is due to open next month in the former railway station building in Aboyne.
Sisters Hollie and Emma Petrie, who live in Glen Tanar, are behind the venture, Spider on a Bicycle, in Station Square.
The name was inspired by their favourite childhood poetry book, ‘A Spider bought a Bicycle’ by Michael Rosen.
Hollie, formerly a manager at Aberdeen’s Foodstory which was also crowdfunded, is delighted with the support they have received from the local community.
She told the Piper this week: “We secured finance for the majority of the business a while ago but in order to make the highest standard of coffee, we did not want to compromise on the quality of coffee machine we are purchasing.
“So we offered our local community a chance to get involved and become an integral part of the café through crowdfunding and we have been blown away by the support.
“We have already raised over £3000 which exceeds our goal of £2500. In addition to this, we have received so many positive messages of support that we can’t wait to open our doors and welcome people in.”
Hollie added: “We wanted to create a space that would complement what already exists but also offer something new and bring a real cafe culture to the area.
“We shall be offering good food and home-baking combined with excellent coffee and free Wifi.”
Work is well underway to convert the station building.
Spider on a Bicycle will be open Tuesday to Sunday offering breakfast, coffee, lunches and homebakes.
Future plans include opening in the evenings.