Us 4 Books

As part of our Middleton Grange Market Hall mini-series, this week we are focusing on Us 4 Books. They are a family business that have been in the industry since the early 90’s. We visited Us 4 Books to get a feel of what they offer and whilst we were there we spoke to co-owner […]

A new look for Lily & Faith

The team behind Lily & Faith recently contacted us to let us know that they were working on a new brand for their sustainable home fragrance products. We thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to introduce you to this family run business. Lily & Faith create a variety of eco-friendly scented candles, wax melts and […]

Memories made with love

Small businesses often blossom from  a beloved hobby. That’s what makes them so unique and full of love. Small business owners, like Joann of Bespoke Bears who makes handmade keepsakes, give a little piece of their hearts with every bespoke item the create. We chatted to her about her small business journey and where she’d […]

Wonderful wool

Who would have guessed your nana’s old wool could be the spark that starts a new business. But that’s how it happened for Millie of Knit & Knot Designs. Now using locally sourced wool, cotton and other materials Knit & Knot make earrings, nursery decor, wall hangings, keyring and so much more. What is the […]

Capturing community spirit

The pandemic hit hard, with so many local businesses suffering financially but community interest companies, like RAW35 were impacted on another level, losing the one thing at their very core. Community. With the whole country locked down at home, many businesses found themselves without the workshops, catch-ups and coffee mornings that linked them to the […]

Let’s get organised

The Shop Hartlepool team love to be organised and a trip to the stationery shop is always a talking point. So you can imagine how excited we were to talk to Sarah at Organised Life by Fishburn & Co, a Hartlepool-based online business offering everything you need to get organised!  What made you start the […]

Oh so crafty

Isn’t it everyone’s dream to turn a passion into a business? That’s exactly what Chloe did with Oh So Clo Crafts. After raising money for the NHS during the first lockdown, Chloe set up her small business from home creating beautiful, hand-painted personalised wooden plaques.   What made you start the business? I wanted a […]

Local Success Story: Kraft Work Yarns

Kraft Work Yarns are a shining example of a local success story. What started out as a hobby and a dream of owning her own shop has blossomed into  thriving business in the centre of town. Debbie and the team have already outgrown two units at The Arches in Park Road and have recently moved […]

It’s time to get creative

We had a chat with Jane and Kim at Do Creative, a local independent craft store providing creative workshops in a safe environment whilst also selling quality art and craft supplies. Based in The BIS, Jane and Kim left the stressful corporate management world of the NHS to do something they both love; this is […]

A cut above the rest

Keeley Pearce is a paper cutting artist creating art and gifts inspired by nature. Keeley started paper cutting as a way to relax and reduce stress and now it is her business, KPPapercuts. With a range of kits for people to get creative at home, KPPapercuts also hosts workshops where you can learn more and […]