14 of the independent businesses Echo readers have been supporting in Sunderland
We asked you to shout out the Sunderland businesses you have been using during the coronavirus pandemic as part of our ongoing #SupportLocal campaign.
From the people working to help you keep fit, to those providing a sweet treat at the end of a difficult day.
You came in your dozens to shine a spotlight on the traders across Wearside and share why you have been using their services as we all spend more time at home.
As our #SupportLocal campaign continues, we have rounded up some of your nominations into a handy list.
Here are some of your suggestions from the Sunderland Echo Facebook page – along with your stories of why you love these businesses and what they have done for you during a difficult year.
BeautiBeats, Chester Road
Jennifer Hardy said: “This isn't just a business, it's like a second family. There's always something going on and such a wide range of things offered to suit every level and personal preference.”
Crumb on in Tearooms, Holmeside
Mandy Brown said: “It has been a lifeline to so many people from the start of Lockdown 1. Amazing service.”
It's Wuff Time
Shona Newey said: “These guys treat our pooch Chester like he’s one of their own, and they bend over backwards to accommodate us.”
Bou-chique, Bridge Street
Janice Richardson said: “Not only do they sell fab clothes but have kept us entertained via their videos. The girls in the shop are fab and have become friends as well as delivering purchases to your door.”
Potts Pawstries, Hylton Road
Jodie Smith said: After rehoming a husky, Lizzie has been an amazing help. From dietary tips and healthy, all natural treats, to grooming tips and coat maintenance advice. I won't go anywhere else for them now.
Barons Butchers & Deli, The Galleries, Washington
Laura Clarssen Clark said: “Absolutely amazing service by all the staff and always have a smile on their faces. Plus the meat here is unreal!”
The Little Lambs Boutique, The Green, Southwick
Kristie Smith said: “They have gone above and beyond all through the pandemic. Clearly all businesses will of been affected but the girls continue to work so hard and you never see them without a smile.”
Sunshine Co-operative, High Street East
Wendy Gibson Carroll said: “They have been absolutely amazing. Organic fruit, veg, fresh bread etc all delivered to our home with a smile!”
Grinder Coffee Co, New Durham Road and Pati cake. Patisserie, Tunstall Road
Jennifer Collinson said: “Both dog friendly allowing me to grab a coffee on my dog walks.”
Cafe21, Vine Place
Dawn Nicholson said: "Amazing little cafe/takeaway selling home cooking in Sunderland.”
Cooney’s Fruit & Veg, Athenaeum Street
Jo Ann Ng said: “Amazing quality and very reasonable. Much better than the supermarket.”
Smile & Lift Fitness
Danielle Mahan said: “I honestly don’t know what I’d do without the online Zoom bootcamps to give some structure and routine to my day!”
Juliet's Delicatessen, Sea Road
Donna Leslie said: “Fabulous food and lovely staff, can't recommend it enough.”