1. Go straight to the source
Perhaps the easiest way to support independent retail is to get yourself to one of the Tees Valley’s many hotspots of independent businesses.
Baker and Bedford Street Shopping
Located between Linthorpe Road and Albert Road, Middlesbrough’s independent quarter is a lively and chic place to be. Baker and Bedford street both boast an assortment of shops where you can find everything from vintage clothing to custom made gifts.
Yarm High Street
Yarm High Street was the winner of the 2020 Rising Star award at the Great British High Street Awards and for good reason. You can stroll down the cobbled streets and explore the huge range of clothing shops. Beautiful boutiques such as KIWI Boutique to designer labels at Attitudes.
But it’s not all clothing shops either, Yarm High street also has gift shops, a pop-up shop that changes every day and an antique shop. Supporting local business is as easy as it is fun when you’re on Yarm High Street.
Head to one of the Tees Valley’s Farmers’ markets and you will be greeted by local people selling local produce.
With ever changing stalls you never know what you’re going to find at one of these events.
Check out the Northern Dales Farmers’ Markets Facebook page for details of upcoming markets at Wynyard Hall Gardens, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool and Stewart Park in Middlesbrough.
Keep your eyes peeled on our What’s On page too.