Sunderland is alive with the sound of independents! There are loads of local traders, small businesses and family-run stores dotted about SR1 – check out some of our favourite hang-outs for food, fashion and more!

Thoburn’s Fresh Produce

Jacky Whites Market, SR1 3DG

In need of fresh fruit and veg to kickstart your New Year diet?

Then look no further than Thoburn’s Fresh Produce, located in Jacky Whites Market in Sunderland.

Open Monday to Saturday from 9am until 5pm, it offers a wide range of fresh produce – some of which is grown right here in Sunderland.

Pop in, get lost in a sea of colour and variety, and start cooking homemade meals again for friends and family.


Designer Childrenswear

Derwent Street, SR1 3NU

Founded by husband-and-wife team, Brenda and Kevin Coade, for the past 30 years Designer Childrenswear has grown to become a top-class destination for dedicated fashion lovers.

The designer boutique stocks a mix of high street and couture clothing and shoes for children aged 0-16. From a bold inventory of brands, such as Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Givenchy and Paul Smith, this luxury retailer showcases so many beautiful garments, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Situated on Derwent Street, close to the Bridges Shopping Centre, it’s open from 9.30am Monday to Saturday.

Check it out!



Bridge Street, SR1 1TA

Forget petite and plus-size! ‘Free size’ clothing is the way forward, especially at Bou-chique.

Situated on Bridge Street in Sunderland, this stylish clothing store sells clothing that isn’t restricted to certain sizes; the aim is for people to try things on and find new ways to style different items.

Bou-chique’s motto is ‘styling your clothes to fit’, rather than choosing exact sizes.

The store was opened by Donna Arkley and Helen Collinson and stocks everything from clothes and accessories, to shoes.


Harrison & Brown

Holmeside, SR1 3JE

This family-owned furniture business in the heart of Sunderland offers five floors of fantastic furniture, from giftware and accessories to divan beds, dining, leather and fabric upholstery.

Situated in Holmeside, the friendly team go the extra mile to provide an unrivalled service.

They even deliver and install your furniture, ensuring that it all fits in perfectly with your home decor.


Port Independent

St. Thomas Street, SR1 1QD

Situated on St Thomas Street, this uber- cool independent streetwear store has been making big waves in the fashion world.

Stocking an eclectic mix of urban streetwear and vintage gems, Port Independent have built up a dedicated following around the region, making them one of the go-to places for rare items and unique designs.

Make sure you pop in next time you’re out and about in the city!


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