New premises for Bo’ness businesses

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A TRIO of Bo’ness town centre businesses will be welcoming customers to new premises from next week.

Pebbles the jewellers and Rhoddy Stewart Photography are both upsizing, with new doors opening for the two firms on Wednesday, January 30.

Pebbles is flitting to the former Paul Rolfe Estates office at 43 North Street while Rhoddy Stewart Photography has bought the former Royal Bank of Scotland branch at 13 Hope Street.

The Bo’ness Toy Shop plans to relocate in the former Rhoddy Stewart Photography premises at 13 North Street from next Thursday, January 31.

Val Trotter of Pebbles said: “It’s a much larger shop which will allow us to offer a more luxurious experience particularly when selling wedding and engagement rings.”

More current stock plus new pieces will be displayed.

Office space will accommodate the growing website and social media side of the business and a small workshop is planned for onsite repairs and bespoke designs. Within the next year an apprentice will join the ranks.

“The support that we have had from local people and outwith the area - who come to us from quite far afield - has given us the confidence we are doing something right, with the pieces and services that people want, allowing us to expand on that,” said Val.

Rebecca Nikolai of Rhoddy Stewart Photography said their move was giving them around four times the amount of space.

As well as a big purpose-built studio, suitable for larger group and family sittings, plus children’s party shots, there will be a dedicated photo viewing area.

A new trainee photographer has been taken on and wedding frames and guest books plus baby club items will be stocked.

“It’s great for Bo’ness and will hopefully attract customers from outwith Bo’ness since it’s probably one of the biggest studios in the area,” she said.

A new photo booth will be available for corporate events, parties and weddings. Snaps can be taken against different fun backdrops and it also does video messages. There will be a children’s booth too.

Lesley-Anne King at The Bo’ness Toy Shop said: “Our lease is coming to an end and we are very pleased to say we have located a Falkirk Council property in North Street.”

With its traditional-looking shop frontage and proximity to the free car park, they were excited about the move, she said. It was a positive change for North Street, along with Pebbles’ relocation.

“We are looking forward to it, it’s the next step for us.”

*As a result of the moves, 2 Hope Street and 19 South Street are available to rent or buy, landlady June Meikle confirmed this week.