From big name brands to quirky gifts, school uniforms to holiday essentials - South Tyneside has a shopping experience for everyone whatever your age, style and budget - and we want to tell you about it.
Welcome to Love Shopping, Love South Tyneside - our campaign to shine a spotlight on the borough's shops and restaurants, whose variety and quality is often underestimated.
Sometimes, we don't always see what's right in front of us and we hope this supplement will go some way to reminding those of you who live and work in South Tyneside what a treasure trove you have on your doorstep.
Whether you're looking for designer labels or bumper bargains, high street brands or unique, vintage goodies, South Tyneside has a wealth of small, independent shops as well as some of the biggest names in high street retail.
Great gifts and fascinating finds can also be found off the beaten track. Our area is rich in architectural and social heritage and many of our museums and galleries make great hunting grounds for items which truly reflect the character of South Tyneside.
Let's not forget food, either. South Tyneside is famous for its fish and chips, curry and ice cream - and there's plenty more besides to tempt you.
Cllr Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council