2020 has been quite the year for everyone, but local shops and restaurants have been hit particularly hard. On the run-up to Christmas, we need to give them a little bit more love than usual, or risk losing them forever. Check out some of our best-loved local places below, and if you’re out and about, please put some heart into your shopping.
Something Good Co
Starting from a table at Tynemouth Market, Something Good focuses on curating products that support other small and independent businesses, while offering true value to the planet.
An award-winning indie bookshop occupying an old chapel in the heart of Corbridge. Their mantra is that there’s nothing like a real book and nothing like a real bookshop.
The Flower Folk
The Flower Folk is a flower, plant and gift shop based in Jesmond. Owner, Pip, has a simple vision – to combine seasonality with quality, and to bring a sense of the outdoors in.
Proven Goods co
This place has taken Newcastle by storm. Starting their journey at the Quayside Sunday market, the demand for their doughnuts allowed Proven Goods to open up their bakery in Hoults Yard. I don’t think you need much convincing to visit here, those doughnuts sell themselves…
Dot make their bagels, with care, by hand and using only the best ingredients. They believe in the strength of community, in helping those around them and living as sustainably as possible.
*warning* get there early, they sell out fast!
Block & Bottle
A shop that’s brimming with exciting, locally sourced hand-crafted charcuterie, and mouth-watering craft beers. They focus on the North East, with a few additions from the rest of the world.
The North East has a lot to offer, and this is a tiny glimpse at some of our favourite local shops and restaurants. To celebrate Small Business Saturday, we are championing even more over on Instagram.
Shop local. Eat local. Support local. Love local.