DOWN YOU WAY - Terrace is tops

Dan, left, and Shaun at Waggs Boutique with Max the 13-week-old golden doodle
Dan, left, and Shaun at Waggs Boutique with Max the 13-week-old golden doodle

A COLLECTION of kind business owners contribute to the friendly community spirit at Bridgeman Terrace near to Mesnes Park.

And all three of our featured businesses this week go above and beyond to give back to their local town.

Waggs Boutique will be celebrating its eighth year on the row in August and local owner Shaun has a big heart. He said: “I look forward to coming to work every day, we’re on first name terms with all of our customers and each dog has its own funny character.

“We also use all of the tips we get from customers to buy food to donate to the Salvation Army food bank that feeds those in desperate times of need, it really upsets me to think there are families out there that can’t afford to eat.”

The shop is busy every day of the week and runs on an almost 100 per cent regular client base, shop owner Shaun says the best part of his job is being able to give back to the community.

William Higham florists sits next door and Gillian Rowe has worked there for the entire 20 years it has been open. She said: “We have a really good team here, we all get along and everyone helps each other.”

The shop employs five people in total, is open seven days a week and specialises in weddings and funerals.

Employee Jackie Dean said: “We get to meet some really nice people and hear some interesting stories behind the flowers.”

Gillian said: “The stories are always interesting to hear, we had a gentleman order 200 roses for someone once.”

The shop makes deliveries and stocks a range of unusual flowers imported from places such as Africa. The team also deal with unusual requests and have made bouquets in the shape of horses and cars in the past.

Local man Gary Pickering is the manager of Lloyds pharmacy.

The branch has been on the street for more than 20 years and has recently relocated onto the row five years ago.

Gary said: “We’re the busiest Lloyds branch in Wigan, we do a large number of deliveries and collections and we get to meet people from all different walks of life, which is interesting.”

The shop tries to tie in with the needs of the NHS and is currently offering free type two diabetes tests. Employing seven people, the shop is kept constantly busy by the doctor’s surgery next door.