Punderland: Wearside’s quirkiest business names past and present

Amy's Winehouse, Sunderland city centre
Amy's Winehouse, Sunderland city centre
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Who says shop names have to be dull? Today we take a look at shops and more who’ve thought outside of the box when it comes to their business name.

1. Amy’s Winehouse, Sunderland city centre

Sunderland footballer Billy Hughes and his shoe shop June 1975

Sunderland footballer Billy Hughes and his shoe shop June 1975

Never fails to raise a smile when you walk down Thomas Street. Whoever came up with this simple, but effective, name we salute you.

2.Shiney New Appliances, Boult Terrace, Shiney Row

Does what it says on the tin: sells shiny appliances, that are new, in Shiney.

3.Billy’s Shughes, Vine Place, Sunderland city centre

Belle Tents' van

Belle Tents' van

Everyone needs a back-up career. Former Sunderland footballer Billy Hughes’s was to open a shoe shop in the mid-70’s. Hughes. Shoes. Shughes Get it?

(This listing is worth it for the picture of the ‘70s ‘tache and turtle-neck combo alone)

4.Future Hedz, Pallion

A follicle ode to one of Sunderland’s top home-grown bands, perhaps?

Ell's Kitchen in 2011

Ell's Kitchen in 2011

(It’s not known if the Futureheads have ever had their hair cut here, but it would be funny if they did)

5.The Inn Between, Fatfield

It was between two pubs. It was an Inn. Sounds like inbetween. Simples.

6.Walter Wall Carpets, Leechmere Industrial Estate

Only those with a Mackem accent will get this title, like.

7.Short, Bark and Sides, Hylton Road

We see what they did there.

8. Sew Unique, Stockton Road

Tailors who tinkered with English for comedic purposes. We like it.

9.Doggy Styles, Houghton

Dog grooming service, with a touch of blue humour in the name. Oooh errr Missus.

10.Mackem Mover Removals

What came first? The removal van or the Black Cat football fan with the moves on the terraces?

11. Belle Tents Marquee Hire

It’s not the name that made us laugh, it’s THAT tag line. (see picture)

12. Ell’s Kitchen, Pallion

It doesn’t boast an angry TV chef, but kudos to this cafe for the name.

13. Throwing Stones, National Glass Centre

People in glass houses shouldn’t throw...

14, Curl up and dye, Grange Terrace

Bit of a hair-raising one.

15.Bake That and Party, Seaham Grange Industrial Estate

A line from a Take That song AND cake. What’s not to love?