Although Bruce of Ballater is a new business registered January 2019 its roots were formed in the mid-1960s when my parents I.W. and Jean Bruce bought the old Ballater Regal Cinema as the main store for their house furnishing business Bruce’s of Ballater.
The “Picture House” remained part of their business until their deaths in 2002 and 2004 respectively but their sound business practices and exceptional work ethic remains in the building today and the new business is dedicated to their memory.
During the process of emptying the store after my father's death in 2002, I was bitten by the furniture restoration bug and purchased the building from my siblings in 2005 primarily as a workshop for my new hobby and with a view to keeping me active in retirement. In the interim years, the Picture House has been mostly used for storage but as retirement beckoned I started setting up for an Antiques – Vintage – Collectables business on the 1st Floor and converted the Ground Floor into individual self-storage units.
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