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  • 3rd Apr 2024
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Mackie’s Corner is the new place to go in Sunderland… here’s why

Mackie’s corner is a historic landmark in Sunderland which was originally built in 1845.

The building’s first tenant was a hatter called Robert Mackie who was so synonymous with the building, it became known as Mackie’s Corner.

The Grade II listed building was iconic during the Second World War when it was home to the Havelock Theatre and Cinema, and housed various retail units of its time during the preceding decades before being left derelict in the early 2000s.

Thanks to a multi-million-pound investment by property developers Kirtley and Co, it has been lovingly restored to a vibrant hub in Sunderland City Centre, with office space, retail units, beauty businesses and a yoga studio.

Here are our top six places to check out…


From the nail art gurus of Skullen Collective, this amazing studio offers the coolest of vibes alongside some of the most amazing nail art we’ve ever seen. The studio is quirky and welcoming while the team offer a range of nail art, manicures, teeth gems and more.

HLN TOP TIP: Nail artist Eve has a range of bundles available for treatments that can offer savings of £5, £10 and £20. Head to their website for more information.


Studio by YOTN

This beautiful yoga studio is owned by Yogini of the North aka Louise Stott. Together with a team of yoga teachers, the studio offers a full timetable of yoga classes for every level as well as the Sculpt class which offers Pilates to tone and strengthen.  This class is very popular – so booking is a must. The studio is beautiful – think modern, aesthetic and calming all in one go. We love their workshops and focus on incorporating manifestation, astrology and wellness into classes.

HLN TOP TIP:Anyone who is yet to try a Studio by YOTN membership (even if you’ve been to a class) can enjoy an introductory two weeks for £25 or one month for £50 of unlimited classes.


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The Sweet Petite

Looking for a sweet treat? The Sweet Petite has a wide range of gorgeous goodies on offer and a cool and relaxed vibe. This patisserie and cafe is the perfect space for a post nail appointment pick me up or pre-yoga coffee.

HLN TOP TIP: Their afternoon tea looks spectacular…


Soul Bride

Is your big day approaching and you’re looking for an alternative wedding outfit? Soul Bride is the place to go! With a wide range of styles, dresses and outfits, Soul Bride is the place to go for a look that is a bit different. Their store is inclusive, welcoming and achingly cool – so if you’re looking for that ‘wow’ dress for your wedding, make sure you visit Soul Bride?

HLN TOP TIP: Want to know more? Read our recent feature here: Unveiling the extraordinary: The North East’s newest alternative wedding dress boutique.


Aesthetics by Hannah

Aesthetics by Hannah is a nurse-led skincare clinic offering a wide range of facials, injectable treatments and more. As a highly professional clinic offering free consultations and a wide range of treatments, Aesthetics by Hannah is a fantastic addition to Sunderland’s beauty scene.


KC Alternative Therapy

Offering a wide range of services, KC Alternative Therapy is a fantastic place to take care of your wellbeing – body, mind and soul. From acupuncture to sports massage and oncology massage for those experiencing cancer treatment. This space is cosy, modern and relaxing. Perfect for anyone needing some TLC.


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Laura Kingston
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Laura is the Founder and Editor of High Life North. She had the idea to set up an exclusively digital women’s magazine after feeling there was a gap in the market in the North East. With over 10 years of experience in marketing and PR, Laura had a very clear…


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