Sunderland's most-loved independent businesses named on Shop Appy

Happy customers have revealed their most-loved independent Sunderland businesses.

Tuesday, 16th February 2021, 12:10 pm

A number of local businesses have signed up to, a website created to help independent shops easily sell their products online, after Sunderland BID made it available in the city.

To coincide with Valentine’s Day, the website launched a ‘Love Local Day’ and asked shoppers to highlight their favourite businesses, and 28 of the city’s businesses received nominations as “much loved” by grateful customers who appreciated the service they received and the products being sold.

Among those who received nominations were furniture store, Harrison & Brown, which had many different customers sing its praises.

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Some of Sunderland's most-loved businesses on Shop Appy

Comments ranged from “amazing range of items, brilliantly welcoming and accommodating staff and management team” to “the owner goes above and beyond to ensure customer satisfaction.”

Other companies put forward included Carpets and Flooring by Harry Thursby, Chapos Tacos, Crumb On In, D’Acqua, Delton Pet Supplies, ENFES restaurant, Gavin Reynonds & Sons and Grinder coffee.

Also nominated were New City Cobbler, Patticake Patisserie, Reinvented With Love, Reynolds Outdoor Centre, The Creation Station, The Train Line, Thoburns Fresh Produce, Weights and Cakes CIC and McCabe Aesthetics.

“We know we have some amazing independent business in Sunderland and it’s fantastic to see how much their customers recognise the fact,” said Sharon Appleby, Head of Business Operations at Sunderland BID.

Mandy Brown, owner of Harrison & Brown in Holmeside

“And now we’re also hoping that we can encourage more businesses to sign up to – which is free to them – so they can show what they do to an even bigger audience.”

The BID has worked with Sunderland City Council to introduce in the city, following its success in across the UK. has already been highly successful in towns and cities across the country, mainly down to the convenience it gives shoppers to buy from a number of outlets but have their items delivered from one provider.

It allows anyone with a website to have another outlet to promote their goods and services and gives a digital presence to anyone who isn’t online.

Michael Curtis of Grinder Coffee Co in Durham Road

Initially the scheme was launched to complement shopping in person on the high street, but has come into its own because of the restrictions caused by Covid 19.

Already more than 30 Sunderland businesses have signed up for the scheme and anyone wanting to find out more should visit or contact Victoria Scarisbrick on 07985 688262. is backed by Visa.

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