Meet the Darlington traders!

We challenged some of our Darlington town centre businesses to take part in a Dance Challenge 2021. And boy, did they impress us! You can watch their fancy footwork in the video above.

Many businesses rose to the challenge, including The Savoury Cafe, Steven Hall Salon, Earth Warriors, Sainsbury's Local (Duke Street), Breath of Fresh Hair, Blush, E&L Dance Boutique, Costa Coffee Darlington, Eliza Blooms, Nick & Gordon Carver Estate Agents and Salvos Cucina Italiana.

You can see some more local faces and businesses listed below. Don't forget, you can support local businesses whilst being in with a chance of winning shopping vouchers, by picking up a Love Darlo loyalty card in town. Find out further details, including a list of the participating stores.

Andy Raine

Andy's Candy Bar, Duke Street

Say hello to Andy Raine, Owner of Andy's Candy Bar on Duke St.

Andy, has worked as a confectionary retailer for 18+ years and is a welcome addition to the town.

The shop stocks a wide range of confectionary, snacks, drinks & gifts including the Darlington Dabber! & is open Mon to Thur 9-5pm, Fri & Sat 9-8pm and Sunday 11-6pm.

You’ll also meet Andy’s mum & daughters if you pop in.

Nick Fenwick

Fenwicks Family Butchers, Indoor Market

Say hello to Nick Fenwick from Fenwick's Family Butchers.

Trading in the market for 33 years, have a hot counter offering a wide array of home cooked hot food, ready meals, cooked meats, sandwiches, salads etc and sell a range of cooked & raw meats, home-made pies, sausage rolls, quiches, Pease pudding & black puddings.

The indoor market is open Mon-Sat 8-3 and you can get FREE delivery on orders over £20. Visit

Laura Phoenix

Earth Warriors, Skinnergate

Meet Laura Phoenix, who owns Earth Warriors with her husband Anthony.

Their eco-friendly shop sells everything from grains, soaps, oils, cleaning liquids, vegan pick'n'mix and more - ALL vegan & planet-friendly.

Opening hours are Tue to Sat 10-4pm and they offer a hot food delivery service every Saturday 6-9pm.

You can order products via the Earth Warriors website or view their hot food delivery options.

Ralph Wilkinson

NumberTwenty2 & Village Brewer

Say hello to Ralph Wilkinson, Owner of NumberTwenty2 and Village Brewer. Although the bar is closed on Coniscliffe Road, it's perfect for real ale & wine lovers and fingers crossed it wont be too long until it's back open again!

For those who are after a real ale fix though, business is very much open for deliveries to you door every Friday.

Orders can be made via text & phone upto until 6pm on Thursday evenings. Just text your name, house number, post code and your order to 07522662620. View the price list.

Amber Kottri

Owner of House of Zana

Meet Amber Kottri, Owner of House of Zana on Grange Road. A concept store where you can find unique gifts by local brands together in one place.

It stocks a range of products that have been manufactured responsibly having ethical & sustainable values.

It's operating a 'Click & Collect' service and you can find out more at on the House of Zana website.

In addition, you can purchase a fabulous BAE BOX this Valentine's Day.

Paul & Leanne Colman

The Little Quaker Distillery

Meet Paul & Leanne Colman who open in Clarks Yard after lockdown.

It has been a dream for owners Paul and Leanne Colman for the past two years.

Born out of a desire to escape from the daily grind of the rat race and a mutual love all things gin.

Why not treat your loved one to some of their multi-international award winning gins as part of their Valentine gift range.

Take a look at the Little Quaker Distillery website to view their range of gins, rum and gifts.

Mariana Crimpei

Number 8 Bakehouse, Post House Wynd

Say hello to Mariana & Liam from Number Eight Bakehouse in Post House Wynd.

Opened last year, the bakers sells a range of delicious goodies from smoked bacon & smoked cheddar sourdough to gluten free gooey brownies, cakes & vegan cookies.

It's open 10-4pm Wednesday to Saturday so please call in and support this local business. You can also visit the Number Eight Bakehouse website to find out more.

Julian Radu

Uno Momento on Blackwellgate

Meet Julian, the manager at Uno Momento Darlington.

He’s a familiar face to customers and did you know Uno opened nearly 10 years ago in town?

A favourite amongst diners, they are currently operating a takeaway & delivery service Monday to Friday 4-10pm & Saturday & Sunday 12 -10pm.

They have also produced a special valentine's menu for next Saturday & Sunday, take a look on their FB page.

Nicholas Thexton

Stable Heart, Duke Street

Meet Nick, Owner of Darlington's only Neapolitan Pizzeria and Enoteca, boasting accreditation from the AVPN (association approved Neapolitan pizza).

He brought the pizzeria to Darlington from Gainford in December 2017 & they have since received recognition at the national Italian Awards as 'Best Pizzeria' and 'Best Wine List'.

Open Thursday to Sunday, call 01325 730400 to order.

Jack, Adam and Mick

Wheelbase, Bondgate

Meet Jack, Adam and Mick from Wheelbase North East. Based on Bondgate Wheelbase are your local specialist cycle shop.

Set to get your wheels in motion, they offer bike services including bike fitting, bike hire and more.

They cater to all from starter bikes, electric bikes, specialist and more in stock. Discover more or shop at

Craig Shields' Fruit & Veg

Darlington Indoor Market

Meet Craig Shields, owner of Craig Shields' Fruit & Veg in Darlington Market. Craig has been in the market for 18 years and sells a wide range of fresh fruit & veg and he even delivers it!

Open 8-4pm Monday to Saturday, Craig will be continuing the FREE local delivery service and you can use the online website to order or give him a call on 07949225143.

Ritchie and Ramo

Sub Station, Post House Wynd

Introducing Ritchie and Ramo from Sub Station Darlington based on Post House Wynd bringing to you freshly prepared deli deals.

Open Monday to Saturday, why not grab lunch on-the-go and pick up a sandwich, toastie, jacket potato, rice box, salad box, wraps and more. There's something for everyone!

You can visit their shop to order, or find them on Just Eat

Bill Gillow

Geoffrey Gillow in Grange Road

Say hello to Bill Gillow, Owner of Geoffrey Gillow on Grange Road. Founded by his father, the store has been located on Grange Road since 1966 (The year England won the world cup), a total of 55 years!

Check out their Facebook page for more information or call 01325 469369.


Falafel Fella on Clark's Yard

Say hello to Fran, Mo & Salah from Falafel Fella on Clark's Yard.

Mo, opened in Clark's Yard in December 2019 but before then, he had a stall in Darlington Market. He makes fresh falafel cooked in the traditional Syrian style, after a recipe of his mother’s.

You can read more about his story online. To place an order, you can call 07552 071099. You can also order online via the new online app, Darlo Eats. Pop in and say hi, their food is amazing!


Bombay Gate on Skinnergate

Open in October 2019, Bombay Gate have been serving up quality Indian cuisine ever since Head Chef, Syed (Shany) previously featured as a reality TV show finalist but is now back preparing extraordinary dishes that are new to the town and here he is (left) alongside his brother.

March 2020 saw them adapt to change with a new takeaway and delivery service and they have survived 12 months of lockdown & restrictions and CANNOT wait for the doors to open and customers to start come back.

You can try their cuisine by calling 01325 468709 or 07577783847, Bombay Gate website or search for them on Darlo Eats.

Katy & Claire

The Cheese & Wine Shop in Clark's Yard

If you head down Clarks Yard you will discover the one and only, The Cheese and Wine Shop. Ran by Claire and Katy, they are a wife duo that took over the shop in August 2019.

A beloved shop offering a diverse selection of cheeses, wine and accompaniments that will be a game changer for your cheese board.

Open from 10am until 1pm every Wednesday to Saturday, with delivery available from 2pm until 4pm on these days to DL1 and DL3. For further details, visit the Cheese and Wine Shop website.

Sean & Shopie

Holland & Barrett

Holland & Barrett based on Northgate are open seven days a week, for all your health, wellbeing and grocery produce.
Introducing Sean and Sophie from the store.

The store is currently featuring it's famous penny sale, where you buy one product and receive another for 1p! Open 9am until 5pm, Monday to Saturday and 10am until 4pm on Sunday.

If you are following a vegan or plant based discover familiar brands in store.

Debbi Moore

Debbi Moore Designs on Blackwellgate

Meet Debbi Moore, Owner of Debbi Moore Designs. Debbi, has been in the world of crafting since she was 18yrs old, she worked for QVC, managed a number of kids childcare centres, has a teaching certificate and was a missionary in Romania for five years.

Now featured regularly on Create & Craft TV. Debbi had an accident which left her paralysed in 2007 but overcame this and launched her business two years later, she now employs a team of 11 staff including in-house graphic designers.

Once restrictions ease, Debbi will be back hosting a wide range of crafting workshops and she also does a Live Facebook every Thursday at 6:30pm so head over and watch it. Visit her website to find out more.


Iceland Foods in Queen Street

Iceland Foods based in the Queen Street Shopping Centre is open during lockdown for your essential shopping.

Meet the Store Manager, Paul who is proud to announce that the store has been placed as runner up in the Area Awards for Iceland - well done!

Shop from 9am until 4pm, Monday to Saturday. FREE delivery is available when you spend over £25 are are within 10 mile radius of Darlington, including Newsham and Hurworth. #LoveDarlo

The Jacksons

David Jackson Butchers in the Indoor Market

If you’ve been down to Darlington Market then you can’t miss David Jackson Butchers LTD.

David, has headed up this family business for 42 years alongside his son David who has been there 35 years and his daughter Katharine (pictured) who has been there 30 years.

There are also other long serving team members including Paul & Louise.

They sell everything you need including all the meat you need and have some great deals Delivery is also available.

Head over to the FB page and give them a quick like & don’t forget to shop local

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