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  Leanne Brown (left), who helps run Browns fruit and veg at Washington Market Village, says the business has done really well since they started it eight years ago. She is pictured with assistant Lisa Smith
  Farook Aslam helps his father Mohammed run First n Style, a ladies fashion business his father started in the market when it opened 25 years ago
which specialises in piercing and smoking paraphernalia, brings in a younger customer; and one new trader is offering something very different.
Stanley Lei, who was born in Hong Kong, had been making friendship bracelets during the week and selling them on Newcastle’s Sunday Quayside Market for nine or 10 years.
After he developed carpel canal syndrome in his hand from jewellery making, he discovered healing stones that cured the pain.
“The river stones come from a remote part of China and this type of healing goes back to the Stone Age,” he said.
He gradually found a market for bracelets made from these stones and started Floating Stones selling healing stone bracelets and necklaces.
It all adds to the quirky mix at Washington.
Stanley Lai has recently opened Floating Stones at the Market Village, selling bracelets and necklaces made from river stones from a remote part of China which are said to have healing properties
Matt Steele, Geraud’s National Operations Manager, said Washington was one of the group’s top performing indoor markets, which trade under the banner “Market Village — for life’s essentials”.
The company is hoping to repeat the success of Washington with a a new market village soon to open in The Forum, a shopping centre in Wallsend
“Now that we have signed a new lease here, we will be looking to invest in this market, but we will wait to see what the landlord does as there are plans to improve the entrance to the market,” he added.
The only downside of the new developments for traders is a rent rise, after six years without one. But with such good footfall,
this is definitely a market where traders want to be.
 l Market days: seven days a week l Washington’s claim to fame:
Officially in the City of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, but historically in County Durham, Washington is most famous as the ancestral home of the forebears of George Washington, the first President of the United States. Built on mining, engineering and chemicals, the town’s biggest employer has long been the Japanese car manufacturer Nissan.

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