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Owner Cheryl Frampton glad to be back in town selling gift items, home goods, greeting cards

The Big White Goose is back in Oregon City, and owner Cheryl Frampton couldn't be happier.

She moved the shop several years ago from 14th Street in Oregon City to Canby, but this summer relocated to a spot next door to Singer Hill Cafe on Seventh Street.

PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - Big White Goose owner Cheryl Frampton stands in front of an art therapy painting, using Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint.Frampton loves the new site, saying that when she looks out the window, she sees scenery that reminds her of London, where she is originally from.

Annie Sloan products

The new Big White Goose is stocked with home goods, quirky gifts, cards, wrapping paper, jewelry and socks. Many of her vendors give back to various causes, Frampton said, including Doctors Without Borders, as well as Mitscoots Outfitters, which gives free socks to the homeless and employs people transitioning out of homelessness, and Never Lose Hope, which helps victims of domestic violence and raises money for areas devastated by natural disasters.

But it is Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint that has been a constant in Frampton's life, and the product is much more than just paint.

"I see the paint as creative therapy, art and healing," she said, adding that the paint also allows her to share her love of teaching workshops.

"The paint brings people from everywhere; people seek us out," Frampton said.

She has been using the paint for 13 years and never gets tired of showing others how to use it for furniture decoration and art techniques.

"There is no priming, no sanding and it dries in 20 minutes. It is a water-based paint that comes in a huge variety of colors and can be used on wood, metal and concrete," Frampton said.

Sloan perfected the formula for her paint 26 years ago and authorizes only a select few distributors to sell it. It does not contain any chalk, but Sloan thought it looked chalky, and that is how she chose the name, Frampton said.

Although Sloan lives in Oxford, England, the paint that Frampton sells is made in a factory in Kansas and shipped out of New Orleans. Frampton also carries Annie Sloan fabrics, candles and paintbrushes.

Variety of workshops

Three of Frampton's most popular workshops are Annie Sloan Paint & Coffee, Rusty & Crusty, and Kitchen Cabinets.

"Paint & Coffee is a two-hour workshop where you learn several techniques [using the chalk paint]. You can paint a picture frame or use paint and a stencil," she said.

Frampton gives workshop attendees a voucher for a free cup of coffee at Singer Hill Cafe, next door.

In Rusty & Crusty, Frampton hands out large wooden letters that spell out the word faith, and shows how to use the paint to create a patina on each letter.

And for Kitchen Cabinets, Frampton asks attendees to bring in an old cabinet door, and she will show how to prep the doors and paint over them with the chalk paint.

Frampton also has an open paint bar, where people can come in and create a color or match a pre-existing color.

"I love teaching people to mix colors. They get to keep a book of the colors they create," Frampton said. She added that she can often track people's emotional states by their reactions to the colors they mix

The Big White Goose, which is named after a character in a children's book that Frampton wrote, is near her home in Oregon City, and she is hoping to see more foot traffic as the public learns about her new location.

The new shop "is nice to walk into. It smells nice and looks creative. If people just want to walk in and chat, that's OK. Seeing more people is always pleasant," she said.

"I'm glad to be back in Oregon City, and I love the way it has grown," Frampton said.

Looking ahead to the future in her new spot, she hopes to add more workshops and change things up as needed, but she will always keep the creative home goods and gift items.

Frampton added, "I don't ever want to stand still."

Visit the Goose

What: Big White Goose

Where: 705 John Adams St., Oregon City

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday- Saturday

Details: Owner Cheryl Frampton sells Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and offers workshops using the paint. She also sells gift items, home goods, greeting cards and more.

Workshops: Upcoming workshops include Rusty & Crusty from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, and Annie Sloan Paint & Coffee from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26.

More: For information on workshops,

call 971-806-7583,

visit bigwhitegoose.com or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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