While Sunderland city centre is home to some household name high street chains, it also houses a burgeoning wave of new independents who offer the kind of service you’ll struggle to find in the big shops.
From well-established city centre favourites to some new kids on the block, here’s some of the independent retailers, selling everything from natural wines to designer clothes, worth checking out if you’re planning to shop local more in 2023.
5. Little Shop, High Street West
It may be little in size, but Little Shop in High Street West is big in quality. As well as selling coffees, doughnuts and tray bakes, it sells a great range of craft beers, natural wines, olives and crisps. Photo: national world
6. Master Debonair, Mackie's Corner.
Master Debonair offers one of the best shopping experiences around with its stylish shop at Mackie's Corner, featuring 'Peep Show' changing rooms and a hidden private suite for groomsmen. It's ideal for occasionwear for weddings and the Races, as well as smart casual wear. It continues a legacy of retail in the city, with Mackie's Corner once being home to Sunderland's very first fashion stores in the 1840s. Photo: Stu Norton
7. Sunshine Co-operative, High Street West
For a great range of ethical, sustainable and artisan produce, head to the Sunshine Co-operative at the bottom of High Street West, which sells foods you won't find on the supermarket shelves. It's part of the trio of once-dilapidated buildings which have been given new life in the street. Make sure to head next door to Pop Recs for an excellent coffee. Photo: Tim Richardson
8. Jacky White's Market, The Bridges
For an Aladdin's cave of independents, head to city institution Jacky Whites Market where you can get everything from pies and sausages to a new battery for your watch and upcycled goods. Traders are on first name terms with many of their customers and they really know their stuff. Photo: Kevin Brady