Independent Female-Led Businesses In Falmouth’s ‘Port’-Folio

Falmouth is one of my favourite towns to visit in Cornwall. It’s brimming with untapped talent and independent female-led businesses. I’m going to share with you some of these today. Falmouth is a stunning town on the coast full of maritime history and modern creativity. It’s known for its deep natural harbour on the Fal Estuary, and beaches like Gyllyngvase, a sandy haven for beachgoers. There are lots of things to do in Falmouth including visiting Pendennis Castle a fortress built by Henry VIII in the 16th Century and the National Maritime Museum. A firm favourite of mine. We recently enjoyed the Titanic exhibition they had on show. I might have gone to see it a few times!

Independent Female-Led Businesses In Falmouth’s ‘Port’-Folio - Gylly Beach

Did you know that Falmouth boasts over 200 independent outlets within three square miles and is buoyed by around 750,000 visitors each year? The success of the creative enterprises in this entrepreneurial ‘port with a purpose’, lies in the year-round business opportunities that are being carved out by a new wave of innovative owners.

Businesses Inspired By The Sea

Willow & Stone

Situated on Falmouth’s Arwenack Street and loved by locals and visitors alike, the shop sources and sells door furniture, period fittings, and traditional quality products, as well as beautiful stationery and homewares, all complementing its burgeoning e-commerce site. The company ethos encourages all employees to choose between part-time or full-time so they can build and nurture their own projects in addition to their hours at Willow & Stone.

Willow-and-Stone - Independent Female-Led Businesses

Cream Cornwall

*(I just discovered these ladies on Instagram the other day!)

Co-owners of Cream Cornwall Rebecca Heane and Allison Hughes design and create all of their patterns and products from their studio above their flagship shop in Falmouth. Here, they take inspiration from the heritage, colours, and coastline of Cornwall. The brand was born from a desire to share what they have on their doorstep; the colours of Cornwall, it’s ever-changing skies, wild and rugged coastline, sandy coves and sheltered creeks. A recently opened second store down in St Ives, another in the pipeline and a strong online business is proof that Cornwall is a place where business can flourish.


Toro Studio

Tucked away in a historic cobbled courtyard that once housed a brewery, Toro Studio is the scenic home of handmade ceramics, botanical wares and musings. This house and indoor plant specialist is run by Tor Harrison, who passionately shares her green-fingered wisdom with her customers. In addition, Toro offers a plant styling and consultation service, specialising in hospitality and commercial spaces, working with local designers and makers to create bespoke planters.  


All three independent female-led businesses have specifically chosen Falmouth as the critical location and home for their careful propositions following careers and travels that have taken them all over the globe.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.

rachel bustin

Thank you for sharing

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