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6 new openings in the North East that you need to know about

New year, new openings and new vibes. Expect a bespoke bakery, a brand new book shop and Beamish’s first 1950s beauty salon.

Written by High Life North
Published 27.01.2022



Build A Bake

4 Clayton Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RP

Sweet tooth? We’ve found the place for you. At Build A Bake, you’ll find bespoke bakes that look almost too good to eat and we can guarantee you won’t find them anywhere else. From Wagon Wheel brownies and Nutella and Biscoff toasted S’mores cakes  to Jammy Dodger blondies, all these indulgent sweet treats are freshly made onsite with love.



Bijoux Burger

10 Mosley Street, Newcastle NE1 1DE

Who doesn’t love a juicy burger? Bijoux has expanded and opened its very own burger bar. With The Big Frazzle filled with smoked bacon, classic burger sauce and smoked cheese paired with shredded duck fries and a hot brownie for pudding, it’s time to level up your lunch break.





Beamish Museum 1950s Hair Salon

Regional Resource Centre, Beamish, County Durham DH9 0RG

Fancy rolls or a bouffant set? Fifties-era hairstyle appointments will be offered at Beamish Museum’s new period town development from March. The kitted-out salon, set to open in February, is a replica of Elizabeth’s Hair Fashions – a former end-terrace business from Bow Street in Middlesbrough which ran for 37 years. Here you can learn about hairdressing through the decade, including how and where people trained and the history of women’s fashion and beauty.




WBCo. Clinic

Waldon House, Unit 23M, Mandale Business Park, Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham DH1 1TH

Want to start feeling comfortable in your own skin again? From a Hydrafacial to reflexology and an aromatherapy massage, take some time out for yourself. This friendly professional team will support you as you work towards your wellness goals, empowering your natural beauty and individuality to become the most confident version of you.




31 Cauldwell Lane, Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8SS

Opened by two nationally recognised hairdressers with over 20 years’ experience, Pelo is a hair salon with a difference. Here you won’t be rushed and we can guarantee you’ll always feel like your stylist’s number one priority. Plus, to accommodate your busy lifestyle, you can book appointments online and have a consultation over the phone or video call to save you having to go into the salon.





The Accidental Bookshop

4 Narrowgate, Alnwick NE66 1JG

Our friends at Corbridge’s Forum Books and the bound in Whitley Bay have opened the door to their next venture. Eclectic, original and endlessly enthusiastic about the printed word, they stock a hand-picked, eye-popping range of books. Now bookworms in Alnwick will be able to enjoy the newest and best sellers that will be found on what is rumoured to be some of the UK’s tallest bookshelves.


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