If you love shopping then one of the reasons you should really love South Tyneside is because it is home to an assortment of little gems - shops you won't find anywhere else, selling items that are unusual, sought after and special.
Here are just a few of them.....
Ewe-phoria, Fowler Street, South Shields
Knitting is one of the biggest current trends and if this Aladdin's cave of yarns doesn't make you itch to get stitching then nothing will.
Every shade and type of wool can be found here along with a range of haberdashery goodies that really taps into the current fashion for crafts. However, it is the expert advice on hand here that really makes it such a treat to visit.
Knit'n'Purl, Market Place, South Shields
Once again, great practical help and advice are on hand here from staff who really know their stuff and this charming shop is the perfect destination for beginners and experts alike.
Whether you're looking for a simple project or something more complicated then you'll find a great range to choose from using one of the widest ranges of wool in the region.
Happy Organic, Front Street, Cleadon
This recently opened health store and café has proved a big hit with customers thanks to a wide range of products embracing everything from beauty items to organic vegetables.
Check out the vegetable boxes and make sure to make time for a cup of tea and a slice of cake - they're all homemade and utterly delicious.
Tutti Frutti, East Street, Whitburn
This funky new ice cream parlour has an achingly cool 50s theme and some amazing flavour combinations such as Horlicks flavoured ice cream with crushed up Maltesers.
Its sundaes, named after Elvis Presley songs, are also worth trying. There is Jailhouse Rock, made up of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, marshmallows and crushed digestive biscuits and Honky Tonk, a delicious mix of pistachio and hazelnut ice creams, crushed hazelnuts, peanuts and pistachios - to name but two.
Muddy Fingers Pottery, Blackett Street, Jarrow
Muddy Fingers Pottery sell pots - some a little bit unusual, some a bit of the everyday use, but all specially hand made, hand finished, twice fired, glazed, and lovely to use, then lovely to look at too. All of their stoneware is oven safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and food safe too!
They're pots are perfect for use, decoration and for presents. They sell gift vouchers too! Find out more about Muddy Fingers Pottery has on offer by taking a look at their website.