Middlesbrough’s Dundas Arcade is now home to The Little Vegan Market, the first business to be established by Charlotte Bottomley and Matthew Wilson.
Having been devoted to the vegan lifestyle for years, the couple are making it their mission to help those who may struggle to find vegan products in stores by making plant-based food products more accessible.
The vegan supermarket stocks a variety of food and snacks – including milk and meat alternatives – as well as zero-waste cleaning products, with customers encouraged to bring their own containers.
Wilson decided to go vegan after reading about China’s Yulin eating festival online, in which dogs are cooked eaten by the public. After he came to terms with his shock, he wondered why there wasn’t a similar outrage about eating other animals such as cows as the only difference between the animals is peoples perception.
Speaking to The Northern Echo about his decision to open a vegan supermarket, he said:
“When we first turned vegan, there was not much available in the area, we had to go all over to find shops with vegan food and ordered a lot online.
“It was difficult and we are passionate about veganism so wanted to make it easier for others. It’s a lifestyle that is good for the environment, good for your health and good for animals – ultimately, this is about helping animals.”
The store is located at Middlesbrough’s Dundas Arcade, and is open from 9am until 5pm Monday to Saturday.