Take a look at these great Independent businesses in and around Darlington.  I'm sure you'll be inspired to visit and shop!

D & S Bridal Club is a beautiful superior bridal shop based in Darlington owned by Danielle.  In D & S Bridal Club boutique you will find a stunning selection of wedding gowns from designers such as Dando London, Riki Dalal and Modeca.  Alongside beautiful designer dresses,  Danielle also stocks some stunning accessories to match your dream dress.  And they happen to be my lovely neighbour! 

Visit at: 16 Post House Wynd, Darlington, DL3 7LU

Website: https://dsbridalclub.co.uk/home

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dandsbridalclub/

Email: dsbridalclub@outlook.com


Bliss Gifts is a unique independent gift retailer in the heart of Darlington, bursting with goodies for all occasions. Bliss Gifts opened in February 2003 and they take pride in sourcing often exclusive, stylish and affordable gifts. Popular products include gifts for baby and Christening, unusual wedding or anniversary presents and stylish handbags, jewellery and ladies accessories.

Visit at: 20 Duke Street, Darlington, DL3 7AA

Website: https://www.giftsatbliss.co.uk/

Facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/giftsatbliss

Email: enquiries@giftsatbliss.co.uk


Light Owl specialises in handmade lampshades, all produced from their lighting shop in Darlington, County Durham. They produce a wide range of lighting in different styles, including traditional, scalloped and bowed empire lampshades in a range of different materials and designs as well as creating bespoke and unique lighting options, made to order.  Light Owl also produces handmade interiors and soft furnishings including cushions, decorations and furniture items. 

Visit at: 3 Bakehouse Hill, Darlington, DL1 5QA

Website: www.LightOwl.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LightOwlUK/

Email: mail@lightowl.co.uk


Holly’s Doggy Deli Pet Boutique is a haven for the very best dog food, healthy treats and stylish pet accessories. Catering for dogs and puppies of all life stages.

Visit at: 9 Northumberland St, Darlington DL3 7HJ

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/designerdogcompany/

Call: 01325 787374


Influence Cafe is formed by husband and wife team, Catalin & Mariana Cirimpei, they bring a wealth of experience to the business as both have worked in the industry for over 15 years.

Catalin, who has worked in many top establishments including Rockliffe Hall, is also an artist and around the walls his own work is displayed. He is also looking for other local artists who would like to display their artwork in the cafe. The cafe offers a range of hot drinks including 14 different types of loose tea, nitrogen coffee and hot sand coffee which is brewed using a pan filled with sand which is heated over an open flame. There's also a choice of freshly made sandwiches, salads, gluten free & vegan cakes and cold drinks on display and these are available as a takeout option too.  I can personally recommend the cakes very yummy!

Visit at: 74 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX

Website: https://influencecafe.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InfluenceCafe/

Email: info@influencecafe.co.uk