Cornwall LivingIssue #102
Offering a unique alternative to the high street, Wadebridge’s Whitegoose & Co is a sanctuary of all things pretty.
Now in its fifth year of trading in Wadebridge, Whitegoose (&Co) has gone from strength to strength with a loyal following of lovely ladies (and the occasional gentleman!). Maggie, who owns Whitegoose, says “it should really be the Little Whitegoose” as it is the smallest shop she’s ever had. “But it is just the best! I intended to open a ‘Little White Shop’ based on my previous shops ‘The Romantic Englishwoman’, however after putting a rail of clothing in the shop, it just took off, becoming the ‘Goose’ it is today. I have the most wonderful team who love the clothes, jewellery and accessories and love our customers, who return time and time again.”
After moving to Menorca in 2000, explains Maggie: “I opened a boutique in Mahon, the capital. Selling to a very cosmopolitan audience was a very different experience and I did my stock buying in Barcelona and Madrid, which was very exciting and improved my Spanish no end! However, having moved back to Cornwall in 2008 I quickly realised that I had to have another shop, it’s just in the blood. It was the best decision I ever made. Wadebridge is a wonderful town, still having a great variety of individual shops and businesses, a place where people know they’ll find something a little different to the larger high streets.”
Open Monday to Saturday, the Whitegoose opening hours are 10.30am to 3.30pm. A sanctuary of all things pretty, it provides discerning fashionistas the chance to peruse a range that’s colourful, comfortable, and as Maggie says, just a little bit different to the usual high street offering. Being Maggie’s 13th shop in the West Country, combined with her background in architecture and interiors, Maggie’s keen eye for detail is apparent throughout both the store and the ranges within. As Maggie puts it: “Come and pay us a visit – you won’t be disappointed.”
Whitegoose & Co
1 Foundry Street, Wadebridge PL27 7NW