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.
Broughton Street welcomed a new arrival on Monday afternoon.
From 2pm onwards, artist Zoe Gibson worked in the window of Concrete Wardrobe at No. 50A, a study in rapt concentration.
As the light faded, Gibson – newly graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design – steadfastly ignored the attention of passers-by, one persistent photographer in particular.
Gradually, her creation took shape.