The Borders Distillery

A distillery and shop on the Scottish Borders.

Grate Newcastle

Independent cheesemonger championing local and British cheeses, plus all the delicious accompaniments you need.

NorthburN Fragrance

A mother and daughter luxury fragrance house based in the North East.

the bound

Whitley Bay’s newest independent bookshop, with an eye-popping range of books.

La Chocolatrice

A chocolate factory, chocolate shop and chocolate studio. Did we say chocolate?

Laconic Fracture Silver Necklace

Laconic Jewels

Handmade in the UK by British jewellery designer and goldsmith, Lindsay Forbes.

Circe Flower Co

Circe [Ser-see] Flower Co is an artisan florist and plant shop based on Hill Street, Corbridge.

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FIKA LIVING

Home of timeless decor and statement pieces. Browse thoughtfully selected pieces to help you transform and complete any living space.

Robinsons Alnwick

Robinson’s Alnwick

If you’re looking for… well, just about anything, you’ll be able to find it here.

Bash Academy

Newcastle’s leading beauty academy with 100% 5 star reviews across all platforms.

Ox Close Farm

Owned and run by the Brass Family, who have been milking cows at Ox Close Farm since the 1930s, this is a real gem in County Durham.

Dovecote Northumberland

100% soy wax candles, handcrafted in Northumberland with all natural botanical ingredients.

Fire & Co.

Specialising in creating your perfect interior – whether that be from using their interior design service or from shopping in their 7,000-square-foot showroom.

Naturally North CBD

Offering multiple CBD brands and products only supplied from reputable companies backed by laboratory certificates.

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Infusion CBD

A family-based, environmentally conscious CBD store in Whitley Bay.

Studio 28 Patisserie

A small high end chocolate and pastry shop in Hoult’s Yard.

Patternum Tiles

Bespoke patterns of tiles to create an eye-catching feature wall, splash-back, headboard or more...

Daint Jewellery

Dainty and minimalist sterling silver jewellery.

Happy Planet Creative Arts CIC

An award-winning social enterprise gift shop and gallery, specialising in ethical gifts made by local artists and fair trade artisans.

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Mimi’s Edit

A curated fashion collection that stands out from the usual high street pieces.

Toasty Candles

Rapeseed wax candles and reed diffusers hand-poured in Newcastle in small batches.

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Corbridge Larder

A deli and cafe in the historic village of Corbridge in the heart of Northumberland.

Salome

Empowering through gemstones; every piece is unique and has a story.

House of Zana

Sustainable, luxury garments handmade in stunning and vibrant fabrics.

Lily & Faith

A family run business creating sustainable home fragrance products that invigorate your senses and delicately infuse your surroundings.

Forum Books

An award-winning independent bookshop in a beautiful listed chapel right, in the heart of Corbridge, Northumberland.

PureKnead Artisan Bakery

PureKnead is an artisan bakery with a highly skilled team of bakers.

Style By Bella

A personal stylist offering bespoke packages to help you find your style.

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Barrel & Bird

Making stylish furniture and home accessories from reclaimed scaffold boards.

D’Arcy Design Co

D’Arcy Design Co is a small female-led design studio, offering branding and graphic design services for businesses looking to level-up their visual identity

Durham Coffee

Ethically sourced coffee roasted with care by a father-daughter duo in the North East.

North Acomb Farm Shop

A family-run farm shop established in 1978.

Handmade Tyneside

A one-man woodshop and design studio in the North East of England.

Nourish Bud

100% plant-based, whole food meal prep. Nationwide delivery.

More Mia

Offering the latest luxe fashion for less...

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Baristocracy Coffee

Baristocracy Coffee is a small, family-run speciality coffee roasting business based in North Shields.

Bath House

British artisan maker of sustainable and natural skincare and perfume.

The Wood Yard

A not-for-profit organisation on a mission to divert wood from the local waste stream through its wood recycling service.

Dalton Park

Dalton Park is the biggest outlet shopping destination in the North East, with over 65 stores selling 200 different brands and designer labels.

Lucie in the Sky Art

Lucie Clark is a mixed media artist and illustrator based in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Make No Apologies

A clothing brand that supports all women through physical appearance and opinion.

Nicholson’s Butchers

After being in the business for over 100 years, we can guarantee you’ll be sure to get the highest quality meats at Nicholson’s.

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The Travelling Bee Company

On a mission to supply us with the highest quality honey.

Decote Loungewear

Luxury loungewear designed here in the North East.

Studio Vita Interior Design

A mother & daughter run interiors company based in the North East of England.

Peppercorn Tax

Chartered Tax Advisers helping clients with tax-related issues and accountancy services.

Alex Clark

Cards, stationery, homeware and gifts have that familiar feeling of coming home.

Blossom and Ash

Blossom + Ash is a floral design studio based in Co. Durham, specialising in foam free weddings and events for the modern romantic.

Kirsty Taylor Goldsmiths

Meticulously hand crafted jewellery, inspired by ancient artisans and unearthed treasures.

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Stonebridge Interiors

Luxury bathroom showroom in Ponteland, Northumberland.

Dragon Slayer Distillery

A family business with a desire to provide clean, pure, quality gin for gin lovers.

Barley Interiors

A small family-run business with a passion for all things design. Home to a collection of unique and beautifully hand-crafted, yet affordable furniture.

Carole Crowe Interior Design

Specialises in creating amazing spaces, whether that is residential or commercial.

Sara Ellahi Interiors

Situated in Wynyard Village, Sara Ellahi Interiors offer residential and commercial design services in the North East & Nationally. 

Wynd Design

Based in Wynyard Village, Wynd Design offers full service interior design across the North East of England and beyond. 

Something Good

Offering shoppers all of their daily essentials without the packaging. 

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Appleforth Avenue

Florist based in Sunderland, offering a variety of gorgeous dried and fresh flowers, as well as hand tied bouquets made to order.

Nucasa

Found in Jesmond on the lovely Brentwood Avenue, Nucasa is an Aladdin's Den of homewares and gifts. Based in Aviary Art Gallery, Nucasa also has a cafe with indoor and outdoor seating, a range of local coffees, teas, and soft drinks, as well as cakes from Cake Stories.  

Le Mini Macaron

Small family company established in 2014 making traditional gluten free French macarons to a high standard.

Sarah Farooqi Art

Landscapes, townscapes and illustrated maps in Sarah's unique style.

Twenty Nine Degrees

Handcrafted exquisite chocolates in a variety of interesting and exciting flavours.

Gracie & Belle

A mother and daughter business creating hand-poured soy candles and wax melts, from their home studio in the North East.

Kennedy and Rhind

From crusty sourdough loaves to decadent sweet tarts and pies filled to the brim with quality ingredients, customers will find it all at Kennedy and Rhind.

Dene’s Deli

Award-winning, long-established sandwich shop and deli with a difference.

Finale Shoes and Accessories

A family-run, award-winning independent shoe shop in the lovely village of Corbridge, Northumberland.

Eleven Boutique

Eleven Boutique

A fashion boutique that showcases simple, effortless and budget-friendly style.

The Careless Collection

Luxury filled chocolate bars. The first MasterChef product brought from TV to you.

North Chocolates

Described as ‘more desirable than world peace’... Introducing the award-winning North Chocolates, handmade by Bev Stephenson in Newcastle Upon Tyne since 2013.

Smorgasbord Catering Company

Providing grazing boxes, boards and tables that make for an eye-catching focal point for an event or gathering.

Laneberg Wine

Tyneside's first urban winery, producing high quality, handcrafted wine made from English grapes.

Tostada

Offering Supper Clubs, Private Events, Cooking Classes, At-Home Paella kits and other tasty tidbits.

WL Distillery

WL Distillery are an award-winning Durham based independent producer of handcrafted premium spirits with a focus on the distillation of small-batch unique gins. 

Kay Carter Studio

Beautiful, handmade home accessories in a variety of eye-catching terrazzo and marbled designs.

The Good Tempered Chocolate Company

Local chocolatiers making delicious chocolate in plenty of interesting and always on the mark flavours. Don't miss them if you spot them at a market and definitely hit 'buy' if you're browsing the website.

The Origami Café & Gift Shop

The Origami Café & Gift Shop

Gift shop serving cake and drinks with vegan options, including a vegan cake daily.

Barter Books Alnwick

Barter Books

A rambling, quirky secondhand bookstore, with open fires, armchairs, model trains and a simple café.

Bay at the Bank Corbridge

Baby at the Bank

A family-run baby and nursery store in a converted old bank.

Corbridge Cookshop

A cookware shop situated in the centre of Corbridge stocking everything from screws to saucepans.

Grant's Bakery Corbridge

Grant’s Bakery

Award-winning craft bakery in Corbridge, serving outstanding cakes, pastries and sweet treats.

Jasmine & Lilah Interiors Corbridge

Jasmine & Lilah

Offering a new luxurious experience in home decor, furniture and lighting.

Corbridge Garden Room

Corbridge Garden Room

A family-run business specialising in an eclectic range of handpicked gifts, homeware and garden accessories.

Sweet Patisserie

An award-winning patisserie by Chef Emma Carlton, with a couple of tables to enjoy coffee and a cake in-store.

Kork Wine and Deli

Kork Wine and Deli

Visit for wine, beers, charcuterie, cheese and bread that's worth the difference.

Fezziwigs Tynemouth

Fezziwigs

An independent store for stylish homeware and lovely gifts.

The Cheese and Wine Shop

Darlington's only cheese and wine specialist. Hidden gem of a shop, running for over 20 years in Darlington's historic Clarks Yard.

Fork in the Rose

The only cafe florist in the North East. Grab your coffee and plant fix in one.

Ernie

A takeaway and deli shop selling handpicked products with a focus on bringing you a useful and unique shop which is as kind as possible to people and planet.

Northern Rye

Handcrafted, small batch bakery specialising in sourdough breads, viennoiserie, sandwiches and great coffee.

Wildflower

Florist and plant shop.

Tynemouth Surf Co.

An established Surf Shop and Surf School that has been running from Tynemouth Longsands Beach since 1995.

Keel Row Books

The longest established antiquarian and second-hand bookshop in the North East of England.

Interesting Books and Zines

Indie bookshop in Berwick-upon-Tweed specialising in books, art, magazines & zines from small press and independent publishers.

North Star Home Edit

Beautiful, practical and sustainable home interiors and accessories.

The Little Shop

Specialty coffee, quality beers, natural wines, fresh artisan donuts & merch.

Vaux Brewery and Taproom

Independent craft brewery and taproom in Sunderland.

Under the Ivy Flowers

Florist in Sunderland covering occasions, weddings and fresh/dried flowers.

Port Independent

The one stop shop for independent clothes, beer and coffee in Sunderland.

Fat Unicorn Kitchen & Stores

General Store & Delicatessen - Artisan Cheese, Charcuterie, Wine & Craft Beers.

Carmichael’s Food Specialist

Independent family-run food shop and delicatessen working with handpicked, individual suppliers to bring you award-winning products.

Behålla Store

Sustainable Lifestyle Store • Vintage • Homeware • Magazines • Plants

Bellwoods Lifestyle Store

Independent and beautiful things for you, your home and your life.

Estate Tea Co

Specialises in superior quality and single estate loose leaf teas.

Jesmond Wine Co

Independent wine shop based in Jesmond. Stocking all sorts of bottles you won't find in the supermarket, but still at entry level prices. Great advice if needed from Jon, and spirits also stocked. 

Catchi’s Kimchi

Bringing traditional Korean kimchi to Newcastle, Cat has perfected her recipe and even brought out her own twists. Kimchi is a side dish made from fermented vegetables and a mix of Korean seasonings. It has a spicy and tangy taste, and can be used as a side - Cat likes to have it with a grilled cheese sandwich. Or you could use it as a base for other recipes like stews or fried rice dishes. Cat also does a vegan option. 

Block and Bottle

Multi-award winning free-range butchers and craft beer shop, based on Heaton Road. Great advice available if you're not sure, and delicious fresh meat, as well as dairy products, some veg, and eggs too. Busy at weekends so get there early!

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