New venture suits Nikki down to a tea

22 year-old Nikki Howarth is pictured with her parents Sheila and Mick.
22 year-old Nikki Howarth is pictured with her parents Sheila and Mick.

An enterprising Stonehaven lass is set to become one of the youngest entrepreneurs in the area by following in her family’s footsteps.

At just 22-years-old Nikki Howarth is set to open and run her own business - a coffee shop and bistro in a prime corner spot at the town’s Market Square.

Nikki got the idea from her parents Mick and Sheila Howarth, owners of the Belvedere Hotel, who praised their young daughter’s spirit of adventure in starting a new enterprise at a time when banks and other businesses are shutting down in the town.

The former Mackie Academy pupil and psychology graduate from Abertay University is to open her new venture next week.

The coffee shop, to be called “Nikki’s”, is in the former Maggie May’s premises at the corner of Barclay Street and Margaret Street which shut down in December.

Nikki will be joined by chef Paul Johnston who she “pinched” from her parents’ hotel to help prepare everything from sandwiches to stovies and many gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options.

Nikki, who gained her first catering experience helping out at the Belvedere, said: “I’m really excited. Having worked at my parents’ hotel I feel that I’ve got a good relationship with a lot of people in the community, who’ve been very encouraging. I’ve also gained a good understanding of what’s required to run a commercial kitchen and how essential good customer service is .”

Her mum Sheila, joked: “I’m now two excellent staff members down at the hotel.”