Tattie Bogle’s Deli and Grocery opened in Newmarket Street on Monday to great fanfare, both in-store and online.
Operating as an artisan, zero waste and refill-focused business, owner Eilidh McManus buys in predominantly Scottish produce – sourced from the Central Belt – and sells everything from fruit and vegetables to organic cheeses and vegan goods.
She and partner Vadim Iljin (both 28) took the decision to set up their own shop after moving to Falkirk from Edinburgh prior to the first coronavirus lockdown.
Ms McManus was “desperate” to find a wholefoods store in the town and quickly spotted a gap in the market.
With experience in grounds and cafe management, the entrepreneur is enjoying finding her feet in her new role.
She said: “It’s been great and a bit mad!
“This is my first business so it’s all very new. I was a grounds manager in a castle in Oban so it’s a bit different!
“Vadim is just helping me out. He works on the fishing boats.
“We’ve had loads of support. We’re not on Facebook yet but we’ve been getting lots of lovely messages through the Falkirk Delivers Facebook page.
“The name came from my childhood – I used to get told stories about tattie bogles and thought it suited the theme of the shop, which is connecting with local growers and producers in the central region of Scotland.
“It’s Scottish for scarecrow. I thought it was a bit of fun which we all need right now.
“I’ve got coffee from Unorthodox Roasters in Kinross and organic fruit and veg sourced locally. Most of it is Scottish but I obviously can’t get Scottish bananas and oranges!
“It’s about trying to champion local produce. I’m really keen myself on living as sustainably as I can.
“We’re trying to be as zero waste as possible. You can bring your own containers.
“It’s going back to the old-fashioned way of weighing food in bags and paying for as much as you want.”
Tattie Bogle’s is operating extended opening hours during its first few weeks as a trial measure, from 7am-7pm Monday-Friday and 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Visit the shop’s Instagram for more details.