A beauty therapist was threatened with a knife by two robbers who fled with cash and a laptop.
The 64-year-old, who owns the salon on Gorgie Road, had been closing up when the men came in at around 8pm last night.
She suffered “minor bruising” during the incident, and her son - who arrived at the shop during the ordeal - was also threatened with the weapon, but was not injured.
Officers are appealing for anyone who saw the suspects to come forward.
The first suspect is described as a white man in his late 20s. He is around 6ft in height, thin build, short dark hair, thin face with a large pointed nose, thick eyebrows and brown eyes.
He was wearing a blue puffer jacket and a scarf covering his mouth, and spoke with a local accent.
The second suspect is also described as a white man, thin build and around 5ft 10” in height. He was wearing a dark waterproof jacket with white stripe down the middle, dark coloured skinny jeans and dark trainers with white soles.
Detective Inspector John Kavanagh said: “The victim was subjected to a violent assault during the robbery, it was a frightening attack on a lone woman.
“We are keen to trace these suspects as quickly as possible. Anyone who may have seen the attack, or who recognises the description of the men involved, is asked to contact Police Scotland immediately.”
Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.