Middlesbrough’s enthusiasm, entrepreneurial know-how and sheer determination to make the town a success finds real application in the lifestyle sector.
Whether it’s office workers enjoying a huge choice of places to eat at lunch time or relax after work, residents and visitors enjoying the town centre shops, festivals and monthly markets at weekends, or spending quality family time in the parks, cinemas and activity centres in and around Middlesbrough, those connected to the area have access to a great quality of life.
Middlesbrough’s entrepreneurial flair and creativity unites to great effect within the shopping scene. Orange Pip, the monthly artisan food and beverage market, is an essential plinth of the town’s successful new era. The treasure trove of frankly delicious options swells every month and includes cured meats, cakes and pastries, and global street food flavours coupled with a lively stage hosting live acts.
Linthorpe Road, five minutes’ stroll from Centre Square, has long been a quiet hipster hub for those in the know. The leader of the pack is designer mens- and womenswear boutique Psyche, established in 1982 and still a fashion powerhouse that regularly garners national awards. High-end street style from Traids boutique is equally sought after with Size?, cult trainer and accessory store, offering up the finishing touches.
The offering goes beyond clothes. Linthorpe Bouquet says it with flowers with stunning arrangements while award-winning Rude Grooming is handy for a lunchtime trim.
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Yet the retail opportunities are not limited to the unique and quirky. The town centre has four large shopping centres, within easy reach of one another, which contribute to the total trade area encompassing 1,147,115 sq m. The town’s retail sector generates more than £256.7m with £4,353 p.a. average household comparison good spend. Middlesbrough town centre is one of the largest retail centres in the North East, packed with a great choice of national retailers, independent stores, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues.
Middlesbrough’s high street shops have something for everyone with Flannels department store, Pandora, Swarovski and MAC delivering luxe fashion and accessories. Meanwhile, accessible fashion is well covered by H&M, Top Shop, Next and Primark with a clutch of department stores like Debenhams increasing the options.
Daily necessities are easily found at Boots, Poundland and WH Smiths. And with Café Nero, Esquires Coffee, Costa Coffee and Starbucks there’s no shortage of places for a mid-shopping spree break. With everything so easily accessible from Centre Square, the possibilities are countless for a well-used lunch hour, whether to buy an artisan loaf, complete some household admin, visit the doctors or dentist, or have a hair cut or beard spruced and trimmed.