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Fair trade fanatics Yellow Sunrise celebrate sixth anniversary at Leeds Corn Exchange


Home to gifts and homewares from around the globe, Yellow Sunrise, based in Leeds Corn Exchange, is celebrating this month its 6th anniversary of successful trading in the iconic Grade 1 Listed building. Now one of 28 independent businesses located beneath the stunning domed roof, Yellow Sunrise was amongst the first to make Leeds Corn Exchange its home, following its reopening in 2008.

Founded in 2003 by Maria Huang, Yellow Sunrise is a treasure trove of unique pieces from every continent, specialising in gorgeous gifts and handsome homewares. A browse around the shop, which is an oasis of bright colours and tropical scents, takes you on a journey around the world; with Indian rugs, Moroccan glass lanterns and African elephant ornaments being just some of Yellow Sunrise’s best sellers. The business is a champion of handcrafted work and is a strong supporter of fair trade.

Yellow Sunrise was first nestled in the waterside spot of Granary Wharf before moving into the now defunct Leeds Shopping Plaza. In 2010, Maria decided to move the business to Leeds Corn Exchange, attracted by the grandeur of the building and the growing neighbourhood of independent businesses that are located there.

Maria Huang, owner of Yellow Sunrise commented, “Leeds Corn Exchange is a beautiful, historic building and is the perfect spot for our boutique. A lot has changed since we moved in; trends are always changing, but our customers have stayed incredibly loyal, and we’ve had the opportunity to meet some wonderful people. The arrival of Victoria Gate in a few weeks’ time will position Leeds as the ultimate shopping destination in the North, however the city centre wouldn’t be complete without independent shops like us and our neighbours.”

Leeds Corn Exchange opened in 1863, at the height of the Victorian era. Designed by world-renowned architect from Hull, Cuthbert Brodrick, it operated as a traditional Corn Exchange, selling corn, wheat, barley and hops until the early 1990s. Now known as the home of independent shopping in the city almost 30 boutique shops, cafes and beauty businesses call it home and it is the venue for regular events and fairs.


Marie Huang, Yellow Sunrise. Credit Roger Moody