I love to shop local in Aberdeen and one of the best things about the city is the wide variety of businesses and brands that have made the city their home. Unlike other uninspiring places I’ve visited where the mainstream reigns supreme, the streets of Aberdeen are awash with colour, individual business style and diversity.
For me, supporting my favourite local businesses is more than just a trendy idea - it’s a way of life. I love everything about spending and shopping locally, from supporting people with a real passion for what they do to the fact that it’s good for the local economy. Businesses like the ones I love are creating jobs in Aberdeen, and spending my money locally means that money is more likely to stay in my area: for every £1 spent in a small to medium-sized local business, on average 63p stays local, as opposed to 40p for every £1 spent in a generic high street chain.
So as a celebration of all the businesses that make our city a unique place to live and work, I thought I’d share my top 6 local Aberdeen brands with you. Just one warning - Kingshill Studios cannot be held responsible for any damages incurred to your bank account. (And please excuse my iphone photographs!!) OK, ready? Let’s go!
Finnies The Jewellers: Fabulous Finnies is an Aberdeen institution - they celebrated their 60th anniversary last year. Engagement and eternity rings, wedding bands and watches, luxury gifts and traditional silverware, this family-owned jewellers caters for all tastes and budgets. They’re no run-of-the-mill place either: they employ four goldsmiths and a gemologist, so whether you’re looking to repair a beloved heirloom or create a completely bespoke piece, Finnies can help.
Linton and Mac: Walk in the door of fashion-forward salon Linton and Mac and you’ll instantly feel a little bit cooler. It’s staffed by gorgeous, effortlessly trendy 20-somethings (perhaps some of them are older - they all look as if they’ve been drinking from the fountain of youth, though!) and neon signs and polaroids adorn the walls. My recommendation? Book in at the Style Bar and enjoy a glass of fizz and an up-do.
Almondine Patisserie: Almondine’s pretty, Parisian-style cafe is my happy place. They also win the award for the best macarons and hot chocolate in the WHOLE WORLD. And I remind you that I’m a wedding photographer: believe me, I’ve tasted a LOT of macarons.
Cognito on the Corner: This upmarket restaurant/bar is situated in a beautiful historic Old Bank Of Scotland building overlooking Rosemount. Decorated in luxe fabrics and bronze accents, Cognito feels ‘special’ - the perfect place for an anniversary meal or birthday tipple. And speaking of tipples, it’s known for its wide range of gins…..
The Chester Hotel: While you’re indulging yourself, can I encourage you to make a night of it? If so, check into The Chester Hotel - they call themselves ‘the last word in elegance’ and they’re really not exaggerating. Once you’re settled into a low-lit bar booth, all you’ll need are some friends and a cocktail menu.
Tiger Lily Boutique: TLB’s mantra is ‘there’s a dress for everyone’ and I’d agree - you’d be hard-pressed not to find a frock or five to meet your requirements from their gorgeous range. Their stock is constantly rotating and updating and they offer next day delivery, too. If your thing is ‘something a little bit different’, then you need to check out Tiger Lily.
And now over to you: what are you favourite Aberdeen businesses? I’m always looking for new places to explore. Let’s share some small business love in the comments and remember to shop local in Aberdeen!