Back in business after fire

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An Inverurie business is finally back on its feet after a fire destroyed the shop and all its stock earlier this year.

Nina’s Apartment, based at Lethenty Mill near Inverurie, suffered devastating damage in the blaze, which broke out at the end of April.

Nina Eggens, owner of the business, recalls the events of the fire.

She said: “It was horrifying to see my shop go up in smoke in front of my eyes that morning.

“I worked hard for four years building up the business, collecting rare vintage pieces and creating a real destination for people to find something unique. It felt like I had lost a limb.”

Since the blaze the businesswoman has not sat still however and after an extended summer break she has rebranded the business and has decided to go into interior design rather than finding a new shop premises straight away.

“Hundreds of people sent messages of support after the disaster and I felt very humbled,” she said.

“Customers told me they had always enjoyed following the Nina’s Apartment design blog and how much it inspired them.

“I have now decided to develop that side of the business and help people create a home they love, designing interiors with ‘soul’ and using a unique combination of new and vintage furniture.”

Nina’s Apartment - Interior Design and Vintage, attended the Scottish Home Show at Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre at the weekend.

Lethenty Cabinet markers, another business affected by the fire, was also at the weekend show.