The village of Collieston has been give a major boost with the opening of an ice cream and confectionery shop.
Local people turned out in force last Thursday when the kiosk at the harbour opened its doors.
Smugglers Cone was converted by business partners, Nicole Bell and Katy Smith, after the building overlooking the beach was granted change of use from a communal shelter to retail premises.
The main support for the venture was prompted by the lack of local retail facilities. The only shop and post office in Collieston closed around three years ago.
Nicole and Katy are eagerly looking forward to the challenge of their new business. Their first day’s trade was virtually non-stop despite mist shrouding the village.
Katy said: “We are absolutely delighted with the turn out today. Many people have heard about us through Facebook or word of mouth.
“Me and Nicole came up with the idea to open up the shop when people would come into the village for the day and ask us where the nearest shop was and we would have to direct them to either Ellon or Newburgh.
“The location of the shop here is great because it looks over the beach and it is safe for children.”
Queues formed throughout the day as locals and visitors gave their approval to the shop.
Local councillor Rob Merson said: “It’s great to see the shop opened and in the quick time it has happened.
“Nicole and Katy are very community-minded and know what they are doing.”
Local mum, Nicola Twine, said: “We have no other facility like this in Collieston. When the shop closed we didn’t have anything else.”
Planning permission for the shop was granted at the beginning of July for a period of two years to allow the viability and impact of the business to be assessed.