A new ice-cream parlour in Bo’ness should be open by October, now that planning permission has been granted.
The new venture, which will be known as McMoo’s, will be located at 13 Hope Street, which is currently home to Rhoddy Stewart Photography’s studio but was once the Royal Bank of Scotland’s building.
It will have a selection of 22 flavours of ice cream, supplied by Glasgow firm Porrelli, as well as serving coffee, lunches and desserts.
It will have seating for 40 inside, plus a small play area for young children.
Becky Nickolai, who has been granted planning permission, is looking forward to the new venture which she promises will be very family friendly.
She said: “Rhoddy does most of his work outside the studio now, so we really can’t justify using such a big space.
“We are right opposite the Hippodrome Cinema, so we hope families will come along after school for a treat and we will be open until 9pm, so teenagers could come for a milkshake or something like that.
“We will also have plenty of space for mums with pushchairs and we will sell good coffee and cakes as well as paninis and so on.”
Becky also hopes the new shop will benefit from the increase in tourism, thanks to the success of the John Muir Way, the Hippodrome cinema and Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway, which has recently been given a major funding boost that they hope will bring more visitors into the town itself.
Becky currently runs The Perfect Party Place, just across the road in North Street, and she hopes to incorporate this in a slightly different form in the ice cream parlour premises.
She also plans to organise breakfast and lunches with Santa in December.