A group of friends have seen their business dreams turned into a reality after joining forces to revamp a former South Tyneside housing office.
Goldie, Jill palmer and Paul Kidney worked flat out for nine weeks to give the old rent place in Charlotte Terrace a new lease of life.
One half of the building is now home to Goldie’s music hub and coffee shop while the other half has been turned into The Cask Lounge - a micro bar run by Jill and Paul.
The businesses opened to the public simultaneously on May 12.
The music hub provides a place for fans of vinyl records to go, with a dedicated media room where they can listen to records or cassette tapes.
Goldie, 42, from South Shields said: “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I have been in and out of bands and I just enjoy music.
It was something a bit different and I don’t think there has been anything like this in Shields before.Goldie
“It was something a bit different and I don’t think there has been anything like this in Shields before.
“Vinyls are making a comeback, but this idea all started well before then. A lot of people have come in and see what we have done to the place - it’s doing well.”
The store has a collection of old-school vinyls which have been collected from a variety of sources in the run up to the shop opening.
“It is very much a nice quiet vibe in here, where people can come and enjoy a coffee or tea - which are locally sourced.”
Meanwhile, next door Jill, 57, runs the Cask Lounge along with partner Paul, 42.
She said: “Myself and Paul have been wanting to have our own bar for a number of years.
“We had tried to open up in Westoe Road, but permission was knocked back.
“When we came to see the building, we knew Goldie wanted to open up a record shop, but the place was too big for either of us to take on, on our own so decided to split the building in half.
“Customers can still access both sides and since we both opened we have done really well.
“I’ve always run bars, but we wanted to run our own type of bar where we could talk to customers and promote real ale.”
The Cask Lounge has no TVs and no games tables, instead it aims to get people talking and be a place where people can enjoy a real ale.
“I was nervous when we first opened, as we have put everything into the place and had no help from anyone.
“It is working well with the record shop next door, as people coming are coming in here asking what’s next door then having a walk round and vice versa. It’s working well.”
Goldie’s music hub and coffee shop is open Monday to Friday from 8am until 5pm with half-day closing on a Wednesday. And Saturdays from 10am until 5pm.
The Cask Lounge is open Wednesday 5pm until 10pm, Friday and Saturdays 2pm until 11pm and Sundays 12pm until 5pm.
For information on either business visit facebook pages www.facebook.com/xgoldies/ and www.facebook.com/The-Cask-Lounge-170866070338508/