Who knows where this is?
Clue: it’s a ground-floor commercial property at the core of Spurtleshire, with superabundant original shelving more usually stocked with products to clean, heal, de-pong, beautify, polish, and preserve.
That’s right: it’s the south-east corner of the Apple Pharmacy at 105 Broughton Street.
Staff here are establishing a small informal library (along the lines of the one on Scotland Street) where customers can lend, borrow, and exchange books in addition to all the other more mundane things they normally do at a chemist’s.
In almost every part of the world, the dragonfly symbolises change, transformation, harmony, and good luck. In some cultures it represents summer and autumn, in others admiration, respect, power, and victory.
Louise Nichol owns The Dragonfly, a small independent gift shop in bohemian Broughton Street. She wanted a strong name to represent the passionate spirit behind the extensive eclectic mix of pieces on sale here, all personally chosen for this pocket-sized treasure trove.
A head for figures is helpful in any business. A PhD in Economics and a career in finance can’t do any harm either.
But for Adam and Isabelle Rosevear of Rosevear Tea, it all boils down to flavour.
‘For us, the main thing is taste,’ says Adam. ‘Our choice of stock is based on blind tastings, not price or reputation.’
The result is a blossoming small business with three outlets (Clerk Street, Bruntsfield Place, and Broughton Street), a warehouse, and a team of 11 staff.
It’s been six-and-a-half years since we last profiled Kathy’s Knits.
Back in July 2012, locals Cathy and Leslie Robb were preparing to open the doors at 64A Broughton Street for the first time. It was a new venture after Leslie’s recent retirement from asset managers Baillie Gifford, and rather a leap of faith as nowhere else in Edinburgh was specialising in top-end British yarn at the time.