About Us

Happy Planet is an award-winning social enterprise gift shop and gallery situated on Ilfracombe Gardens in Whitley Bay. We’re just a short walk from the town’s sea front and iconic landmark, The Spanish City.

I started Happy Planet on my kitchen table back in 2014 and it, as well as I, have grown immeasurably since those early days. I own and manage the business working as the resident artist. My focus has always been to sell good quality, original and imaginative works by local artists and makers in a relaxed welcoming space.

It’s been a great six years, winning a regional award at last year’s Great British Entrepreneur Awards as well as being the top specialist shop in the vibrant, creative, independent retail hub that is Whitley Bay.

Personal attention and great customer service have always been important to me, whether I was selling from a studio, a market stall or the shop, which is borne out by the many reviews left by happy customers. I had to close the door to Happy Planet in March 2020 due to Covid-19, but rather than sit and wait until it is safe to reopen, I decided to use the time to make Happy Planet available to anyone by building an online shopping experience.

The web shop is open with 400 products from eleven local makers and two Fair Trade co-operatives. We will continue to add both the remaining and new products on a monthly basis.

The actual shop is now reopen every day 9 – 5, except Sunday and Monday.

If I can help with any queries or commission requests in any way just get in touch and I will do my best to solve any issue or answer any questions.

Gail