Birthday greetings for Best Wishes

Evelyn Urquhart, centre, with daughter Lynsey and colleague Patty Duncan
Evelyn Urquhart, centre, with daughter Lynsey and colleague Patty Duncan

A long-established family business in Ellon is celebrating a significant milestone this week.

Card and gift shop Best Wishes in Bridge Street is marking its 30th anniversary.

The business has been run from the outset by sisters Evelyn Urquhart and Muriel Duncan, with the assistance of various family members over the years.

The shop opened on March 21, 1987, in Ythan Terrace and then moved to Bridge Street, where it has thrived in the local businesses scene over the decades.

Evelyn told the Times: “We thought something was lacking in Ellon as regards cards and gifts and we decided to open up.”

Her late parents George and Winnie Boyne joined the team as the business set about establishing itself in the town.

Evelyn’s daughter Lynsey, 26, started work in the shop as a “Saturday” girl at the age of 14 and now looks after the website - designed by her nephew - and takes care of the social media responsibilities.

When the business opened, it sold cards, hand-made chocolates and a small amount of gifts.

Evelyn said: “Over the years we have gone into a lot more gifts which, I think, Ellon was looking for - jewellery and leather goods.

“We still do a wide range of cards.

“People come from all around the North-east for their cards and gifts.”

She said they’d had to adapt to changing times and her daughter played a key role in promoting the website and social media actvity.

Evelyn added: “We survive on the basis that we do different things and folk do come in and say ‘we get a lot of help in here’.

“Some of our customers have been with us from day one and we have a good, loyal staff.

“We are very close-knit.

“There is always an occasion, always something happening and we are here with a personal touch that people really appreciate.”

To mark the anniversary, the shop is having a week of “giveaways” - prizes that will won from names drawn from a hat each day.