by: PHOTO COURTESY: BIG WHITE GOOSE - Cheryl Frampton is the owner of the Big White Goose in Oregon City.Last month, Londoner Cheryl Frampton opened her first British-style gift boutique this side of the British Isles. She chose Cottage Row in downtown Oregon City as the right site for her new boutique, the Big White Goose, 216 14th St.

Frampton, whose family owned the tourist gift shops opposite Windsor Castle for many years, is no stranger to being surrounded by all things British. She also loves shabby-chic design — seen in both her own hand-painted furniture and home accessories. Frampton is pursuing her dream of owning her own store and will sell unique products direct from London, plus vintage and one-of-a-kind products from the U.S.

“Having spent years in the self-help industry as coach and author, along with PR, marketing and events, I felt it was the right time to just ‘go for it.’ I have always felt that Oregon City and the changes taking place downtown will make Oregon City a place to be. I wanted to be a part of that, so I chose to rent the middle cottage on 14th Street and complete Cottage Row.”

At her shop, Frampton will offer workshops on how to use traditional milk paint, along with girls night with vision board workshops. She also will host English tea parties at the store.

During the grand-opening ceremony last month, visitors were greeted by a British-style changing of the “royal” guard.

Visitors had their photos taken in front of 10 Downing Street’s (British government headquarters’) famous black door. The first 20 people through the door beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, received a $5 gift voucher. Throughout the day, tourists to this little piece of Britain entered to win a unique British gift and, of course, said hello to Frampton.

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