01.Penny Pieces

"Penny Pieces is a family-run business offering hand-painted furniture. No two items are the same, with a mixture of furniture created in the workshop and a seemingly endless number of unique, shabby chic decorations. Not only that but the owners also hold various workshops, including needle felting and furniture painting. However, what makes Penny Pieces really special is the trademark lucky penny that gets hidden in their handmade furniture, adding thought and sentimental value to every piece created and making it more than simply furniture."

02.Vallum Farm

"Sitting close to Hadrian’s Wall, Vallum Farm is a real North-East gem, offering everything from a bakery to an ice-cream parlour and a restaurant, serving Sunday lunch. Not only does Vallum Farm use freshly grown local produce for its top quality food but it offers a whole host of festive activities in the run up to Christmas including Christmas Markets and Santa’s Tea Party. The real showstopper of Vallum Farm has got to be its ice-cream sundaes, in particular their Knickerbocker Glory, with the ice-cream being made from the milk from their own cows."

03.The Mugwump

"Bringing the nice things to Durham” is The Mugwump’s slogan and this vintage clothing shop definitely does just that. The entire store has that vintage, boutique feel with fantastic bits and pieces scattered throughout, polkadot skirts and patterned dresses hung on the rails and even some unique homeware and artwork. The Mugwump caters for all styles, ages and interests with its signature undoubtedly being the endless rails of vintage coats, ranging from leather to classic 50s. I personally love the 70s and 80s inspired jackets that make me feel like I’ve just walked out of Grease!"

04.Dainty Supplies

"A store dedicated to crafts, haberdashery, embroidery and much more. In my opinion, Dainty Supplies is one of the North East’s go-to places for any crafty project. Whether it’s a Christmas card, a homemade birthday surprise or just something special, I always find what I’m looking for. They host regular workshops and tutorials, specialising in card-making, cross-stitching and a whole array of other arts, meaning that everyone can create those special, handmade, thoughtful cards and gifts we know the whole family craves."

05.The Perfect Blend

"If you’re looking for a cosy place to stop for a cup of tea and and cake during the extremely cold months we have in the North East, The Perfect Blend lives up to its name as the perfect place. This cute little tea room is traditional, simple and welcoming; you can unwind and chill with some homemade pie or a light lunch with a cup of the cafe’s signature blend of tea. Their signature product has just got to be their Northumbrian afternoon tea, served with homemade scones, delicious sandwiches and of course, a supply of tea, making it the place to go for tea lovers like me!"

06.Jam Jar

"If you’re after some of the best American style food in the North, the Jam Jar is the place to go. Juicy burgers and thick milkshakes are on offer; the restaurant even delivers to certain local areas. The cocktails come served in jam jars and are served to your area so you can sit back and chill."

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