The topic of town centres can certainly spark debate.
While some retail giants have deserted Elgin, there are still many independent businesses.
So we asked you this important question.
What is your favourite independent business in Moray’s biggest town?
Around 359 of you responded to our question.
Here are your ten favourite Elgin businesses.
Birnie’s Pet Shop
Birnie Pet Shop is a family-run pet business.
The shop has been run by three generations of Birnie’s.
Since 1950, it has been open on Elgin High Street.
Address: 200 High Street, Elgin, IV30 1BA
Address: 40 Batchen Street, Elgin, IV30 1BH
Pencil Me In
Pencil Me In on Batchen Street is a high-end stationery shop.
In 2020, the business was nominated for the High Street Shop of the Year in the Holly & Co Awards.
Sarah Holmes’ shop has played a role in the transformation of Batchen Street as a shopping destination.
Address: 27 Batchen Street, Elgin, IV30 1BH
The Ditsy Teacup
The Ditsy Teacup is a little tearoom where all their food is made in an open plan kitchen.
Dishes and bakes that have been available at the place in the past include Cadbury Wispa Gold scones, strawberry blondies, sweet potato and chilli soup, and caramel brownies.
Address: 26 Thunderton Place, Elgin, IV30 1BG
19 Crepes & Coffee
19 Crepes & Coffee serves delicious crepes, paninis, desserts and coffee.
They are part of Batchen Street’s strong offering of cafes.
Address: 19A Batchen Street, Elgin, IV30 1BH
Batchen Street Coffee
Batchen Street Coffee is an independent speciality coffee shop.
They served coffee, tea and hot chocolate alongside freshly prepared food in a relaxed, modern and friendly atmosphere.
Address: 33 Batchen Street, Elgin IV30 1BH
JC Dawson Butchers
Since 1889, JC Dawson Butchers has been serving the local community with excellent meat.
The business specialises in beef and pork.
Address: 28 Batchen St, Elgin IV30 1BH
Bijou is a gift shop and cafe.
The business is housed in a stone building dating back to 1912.
It is spread over two floors with an offering of gifts, cards and jewellery.
This business is owned by David Robertson.
Address: 10 Batchen St, Elgin IV30 1BH
156 Bar & Grill
The American-themed diner first opened its doors in December 2020.
The High Street building lay empty for nearly two years before new life was breathed into it.
Address: 156 High Street, Elgin, IV30 1BD
The Cocktail Joint
Back in 2020, owner Lauren McIntosh originally launched the business as Cocktails with Lauren as a mobile cocktail bar offering post-Covid garden parties and delivery cocktails.
Last year, the hidden bar was born and has proven to be a success with locals.
Address: 13 Lossie Wynd, Elgin IV30 1PU
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