Local and Community History Month – Maggie J, Tring
Back in December, at a time when retail was facing its own challenges, local business Maggie J in Tring decided to fundraise for the Pepper Foundation. This was an incredible gesture at a difficult time.
Maggie J is a family business run by Maggie and daughter Jess. There has been a jeweller on that corner of Tring High Street for 80 years and they’re proud to carry on that tradition. We asked Jess from Maggie J about why they chose to support the Pepper Foundation:
“We have a strong connection to the Pepper Foundation. As a mum of two young children, we believe in everything it does for children who need care and support in the darkest times. We also wanted to support a local charity as we know that during these trying times, the opportunities to raise money in the normal ways has been cut off and it’s so important to support the charities in your local area.”
They’re also doing great things for independent creatives, local start-ups and other small business by creating a permanent ‘Pop Up Shop’ called Maggie J & Co. so they can collaborate to bring amazing products to Tring High Street. When they had to close in March 2020, they completely redesigned their store, opening it up and creating more space for the pop up.
We asked them about their place in the local community:
“We believe that is something special about the ‘real life’ shopping experience and we are lucky to have a supportive community in Tring and the surrounding areas, who shop local. With other High Street retailers closing due to high business rates and the pandemic, it means the footfall in Tring is lower than usual. However, as we slowly re-emerge from lockdown restrictions, we are excited to see new independent businesses opening which will hopefully bring back the buzz and bustle back to the High St and encourage shoppers to shop in person versus online!”
Maggie J & Co. want to continue to promote local businesses and provide our wonderful High Street with new and exciting products every week that you won’t find online or in the big superstores!
You can pop in to see them at 71 High Street, Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 4AB, contact via Facebook and Instagram on @maggie_j_and_co, or call on 01442 823073.