Tour of the North: Northumberland’s new openings
From clothing to homeware, sustainable stationery to pet pampering, here are 4 shopping destinations you’ll be glad you know about, By Becky Hardy
Chapter 38 is the latest ladies boutique to open in Corbridge, selling a luxury clothing range to suit every age, style and budget. Having opened its doors at the beginning of November (coincidentally, just days before we were plunged into the second lockdown), it hasn’t been the smoothest of starts for the business, but that certainly hasn’t stopped them stocking up on everything from loungewear to occasion wear from their ever-growing catalogue of quality brands. And an awareness of their fashion footprint is clear from their careful selection of products and brands that, owner Alexa explains, have been chosen to offer both quality and sustainability. We’ve got our fingers and toes crossed Chapter 38 can reopen soon so we can stock up on Christmas gifts for all the lovely ladies in our life!
Normal Opening Times: Monday–Saturday, 9:30am–5pm / Sunday, 11am–3pm.
24 Hill Street, Corbridge NE45 5AA
TOWN & TWEED
Ponteland-based Town & Tweed may have started life in the middle of a global pandemic, but that doesn’t mean they can’t fulfil all of your country homeware, lifestyle and pet product needs from their online shop. Owner Drew grew up with a bedroom overlooking a farm and, from the age of around three or four, was lambing, helping harvest and, in his own words, being ‘an all-round farm pest’. That passion stuck with him and inspired Town & Tweed, which keeps rural living at its heart. The majority of their products are made in Britain and hand-picked from top quality brands such as Joules, Mutt and Hounds, Scottish Made, KJK Ropeworks and Earth Rated. Oh, keep an eye out for the gorgeous prints and gifts by artist Becky Bettesworth too.
As a luxury dog boutique, Purple Hound aims to offer an alternative to the mainstream dog products you find on the high street – and our pooches are going mutts for it. Although they source all of their paw-geous items from all over the UK (and occasionally beyond), Purple Hound are proud to support other small businesses and always favour local suppliers for their vast range of dog apparel, leads, collars, harnesses, toys, toiletries and beds. A visit here is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. After all, as owner Ceri rightly says, happiness is dog-shaped…
Normal Opening Times: Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm / Saturday, 10.30am–4pm
Market Place, Corbridge, NE45 5AW
We’re so in love with new stationery kid on the block Pith that we’ve already ordered all of HLN’s 2021 diaries from them! The Berwick-based business pitch their products as ‘creative materials for creative beings’, and the quality (and all-round sexiness) of their stationery selection is matched only by their focus on sustainability. They strive to use materials that are recyclable, biodegradable and vegan wherever possible and save all waste from their production process to integrate into future products. Better yet, their ‘We Plant, You Plant’ initiative promises that Pith will plant a tree for every product purchased from their online store, with every order also including a seed packet for you to plant your own Desk Meadow: giving back to the environment and enhancing your own. After all, their quality products don’t cost the Earth – why should they damage it?