Coupar Angus’ regeneration has taken a step forward, with a number of new businesses setting up in the town.
Beauty Boutique, run by Adrianne Mitchell, opened at the end of last month, and The Tackle Box also opened recently.
Both are situated in the square in Coupar Angus, where another new family-run business is also due to open by the end of the year.
Adrianne, who has lived in Coupar Angus for 10 years and has an HND in beauty therapy, saw that the premises which is now Beauty Boutique was available for rent and decided to take the opportunity to set up her own business.
She said: “I thought that if I didn’t do it someone else will!”
Adrianne said that business has been steady since the salon opened and that local people had been very supportive.
“It’s good to see places opening up again in Coupar Angus,” she said, “and the square had been a bit of an eyesore for years so it is nice to see some life in it again.”
Next door to Adrianne and in the middle of refitting their own premises is the Anderson family. Father Keith and daughters Lynn and Evie, who live in Balbeggie and Coupar Angus respectively, are hoping to have their offices open by the end of the year.
Keith is a trained psychodynamic counsellor, Lynn offers life coaching and training and Evie offers physiotherapy, reflexology, reiki and massage.
Explaining why they chose Coupar Angus for their new venture, Keith told the Blairie: “We looked around and thought Coupar Angus was ideal.
“As well as one of my daughters already living here, it is midway between Perth and Dundee, Blairgowrie and Forfar.
“We bought the property from the florist Fred Stewart when he retired and are currently in the process of refurbishing it. It is an ideal spot, relatively quite but the shops here are gradually filling up which is great to see.
“There is renewed investment and interest in the town at the moment.”
The Tackle Shop is another family business. Tony Welsh has been trying to get premises in Coupar Angus for over two years, so keen was he to open his fishing tackle shop in the town.
The shop sells sea and game fishing supplies and is on the site of the former jewellers.
Tony said: “I live in Balbeggie and have always been interested in having a shop in Coupar Angus. I thought there was a need for the products we sell and so far it has been quite good.
“We don’t rely on passing trade, it is a very specialised product that we sell, so we are lucky in that people will come to us if we are here.”
Coupar Angus community councillor Bob Curran is delighted.
He said: “I think all business opportunities should be grasped with both hands, and we now have a number of new businesses this year, which is excellent.”
But he added that in order for the new shops to help with regeneration, the local residents would need to get on board.
“It may also be green shoots of regeneration if we the townspeople use and support them rather than lose them.”