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ENJOYING THE BROUGHTON STREET BUZZ

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.
 

ENTHUSING INFUSIONS

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.

CRAFTED IN CONCRETE

The Concrete Wardrobe emporium was first established in 2000 in the Cowgate as a ‘pop-up’ outlet within a gift shop named The Concrete Butterfly. 

Owing to its expanding business, it transferred to 50A Broughton Street in 2007 (formerly Red Hot Lighting and, prior to that, the first address of Narcissus Flowers before its translation across the road to the corner of Broughton Place). 

BROUGHTON STREET'S WEE PEARL

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. 

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

 CURIOUSER & CURIOUSER 

Meet Laura Clifford and Ian Staples, the partners behind Curiouser & Curiouser at 93 Broughton Street. 

The two began trading here in October 2010, with Laura curating the shop’s unique selection of books, cards, ‘quirky homeware’, artworks, frames, stationery, and other uncategorisable curiosities. 

‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLIED

The reality of this season of goodwill often fails to match the expectation, but here instead is a minor cause for festive optimism. 

We first featured news of a bright new future for the police box on Broughton Road in December 2015. 

Local resident Yosef Mazon was successfully seeking planning permission to convert the redundant structure into a takeaway coffee and food outlet. 

JINN A TONIC IN CANONMILLS

There’s a distinct pantomime theme to the window of Martinez Antiques just now. 

The Brandon Terrace cornucopia always surpasses itself around Christmas, and this year is fringed with theatrical lights as if for a stage performance. 

Closer scrutiny reveals the presence of a snake charmer, Aladdin, genie, and a veritable magic cave of glittering treasures. 

Visit after dark for the full enchanting effect, whilst saving yourself all the cost and inconvenience of a trip to the King’s Theatre Glasgow.

FINE LINES IN TESTING TIMES

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.

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