A local coffee shop does so much more than ensure residents cure their caffeine cravings.
They reduce social isolation, provide healthy food and drink options at a low cost and, best of all, bring communities together.
This, along with their shared passion for entrepreneurship, led Angela Jackson and Shona Buchan down the exciting path of opening Beachside Coffee Shop, based in the Balmedie Leisure Centre.
The duo’s journey started in 2014 after realising the local community “needed a coffee shop as a hub”. And from there, they began rallying a team and establishing what the venue would offer.
Shona, leisure centre manager, said: “Working in the leisure centre, we knew the community needed the coffee shop as a hub for the village – a place for friends to meet up for lunch or a coffee.
“Angela and I were excited to be a part of a new venture in the village.”
Angela, the cook at the coffee shop, has always loved being around the public, so the move was perfectly suited to her.
“My mum was a great home cook,” she said. “I went to the Dough School (Robert Gordon University at Kepplestone) to study nutrition and dietetics and we had to do lots of bulk cooking that then fed the students in halls.
“It was good practice for making large pots of homemade soup!
“I then worked behind the bar at the Oldmachar British Legion and, when my children were little, got a job at the Boilermakers on King Street.
“I have always loved being around the public and making sure I give them the best food, drinks and service I can.
“I never dreamed seven years ago I’d be doing so much cooking and home baking, but Shona and I have found what works for us and what’s most popular with our customers.”
Beachside Coffee Shop opened its doors in May 2014 and currently consists of a close-knit team of seven.
From hot and iced coffees and teas, beers and wines to sandwiches and freshly baked goods, there are an array of tasty menu items that are sure to satisfy anyone’s tastes.
Shona said: “I really feel what makes us so popular (and is something we are really proud of) is the fact that we make 99% of our food and home bakes in house – our soups and scones are customer favourites.
“We have a range of coffees (lattes and cappuccinos are our most popular) teas and soft drinks, as well as wines, spirits, beer (some produced by Brew Toon) and cider available.
“Our coffee beans are freshly ground Carroro Coffee.”
Angela added: “With regards to the food on offer, this includes freshly made-to-order sandwiches, paninis, toasties, baked…