Sandwiched between the Great North Road and Jesmond’s Osborne Road, Brentwood Avenue is a thriving hub of smaller businesses. Whether you’re after a bite of lunch, or want to browse the latest fashion, there’s lots to see – and slap bang in the middle of it all, is Salisa Boutique.
Inspired by her late mother’s style as a model in the ‘70s, Lisa Woodrow took the decision to leave her job at a local law firm to pursue a career in fashion. She began to import materials from New York, and her unique collections of scarves quickly became popular at pop-ups across the region (including many of Living North’s Christmas and LIVE fairs). Consequently, Lisa has now taken the plunge and opened her own shop, where she sells a glamorous range of women’s clothing and accessories and, despite only opening at the start of the year, the store has slotted seamlessly into the street’s burgeoning shopping scene.
How long have you been on Brentwood Avenue?
The shop opened on the 15th March 2019. It took around six weeks to re-paint, renovate and order everything so we would be ready in time. We were overwhelmed at our shop launch – so many customers and friends came to support us, which was amazing.
Why did you choose to open on Brentwood Avenue?
The location is ideal, as it’s not far from Newcastle’s city centre and is only a two minute walk from West Jesmond Metro Station, plus there is free parking on the street. One of the best things about Brentwood though, is that all of the shops are independent businesses – which is amazing.
Who visits your shop?
We have quite a mix of customers of all ages, and we still get new customers in the shop every week.
What’s your most popular item of clothing that you sell?
Currently, our jumper and poncho ranges are selling really well as they’re perfect for winter. But we’re probably best known for our own Salisa Scarf collection, which has proven so popular with customers.
Salisa Boutique, 44 Brentwood Avenue, Newcastle NE2 3DH
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