Thursday, 17 November 2011

Northern Treasures : Kuji Shop

Specifically Sheffield's treasures. I live just off Ecclesall Road in Sheffield, along with pretty much every other student in the city. It's quite poetic that my Mum was also living on this road when she was my age, so for my family and for my day to day living this place has a lot of sentimental value. I tend to move in at the start of every housing contract, weeks before term starts, and I don't leave right up until Christmas Eve. So this place, in my eyes, should be celebrated.

This is the start of a feature I'm putting together over the next couple of weeks about the hotspots in my area. It's often acknowledged that the North doesn't get half the recognition it deserves in terms of art, fashion, music and culture - and even within the North, Sheffield is routinely displaced in favour of talking about Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool (not knocking any of them, I should say, Leeds is my favourite other Northern city). But I have always said there is a lot more to this former industrial city, and I want to share that with you.


This is Kuji Shop, the first stop on my blogging tour of Sheffield. And isn't the window pretty? They moved premises about a year ago further up the road, so that in itself just demonstrates that 'Eccy Road' is the place to be for independent shops. Here are a few snaps of the inside to give you a taster of what a treasure trove this is. Pay particular attention to the lovely selection of jewellery they have, and those gorgeous satchels (the yellow one is going on my Christmas list).


They do menswear too so it's somewhere you can drag your boy mates along to aswell. I particularly liked the Christmas jumpers they were tweeting about last week, and that flying duck one above. However, the most exciting thing about this shop (aside from the boiler suit dresses which are so Mary Portas it hurts - in a good way of course), is the WALL OF LOMO. Just look at that. I audibly gasped when I almost walked into their stack of colorsplashes. It's by no means excessive either. Just deeply makes me want to browse for negative 35mm film for Christmas.



Another exciting thing to mention, which I promised I would, is to tell you that they're holding a lomography competition for all of you budding manual camera lovers out there. I've harked on about lomos before (the Holga is STILL in the naughty corner by the way) so I think I'll be entering with my latest batch of film, which will also be posted up here when I get around to scanning all of them. The theme is Earth, Wind and Fire, and details are on their facebook page. And a little birdy tells me the winner is in with a chance of getting their paws on a colorsplash themselves, like the one you see above, or something similar. Worth a shot definitely? xox

I'm planning on delivery a whole host of spotlights on some of Sheffield's treasures, be it a quirky cafe, lovely pub, independent shop or gallery or museum. If you have any thoughts on where should be included, let me know, or indeed if you work at such a place, tweet me

20 comments:

  1. Ohh Wow! That shop looks amazing! I love finding little treasures like that! I'm lucky where I live, every other shop is a cute boutique! xx

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  2. OOOOOOH I want to go to Kuji shop! Take me there now!

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  3. I may well have to enter this competition... What is it about Lomo?! And this is such a great idea for a feature - please keep it up! I'm hoping to come to Sheff in February/March time (I can't remember if I told you) so I'll keep these places in mind (: xxx

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  4. Ah I live on Eccy road :) excited to see more of this feature since I usually stick to what I know and feel like I'm missing out on some good independent shops/places to go
    -x-

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  5. This shop looks amazing! I went to visit a friend of mine at uni there when we were still at uni and I loved the place, I think she lived in Crookes or something. :p xx

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  6. im in Sheff every other weekend & always wanted to go shopping so this will help me out no end !

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  7. This shop looks incredible. We have nothing like that anywhere near where I live :( Bristol has a lot of great finds but I wish Cheltenham would get something quirky. Love stumbling across shops like this. xxx

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  8. I like the idea of these treasure posts! Looks like a lovely shop - am thoroughly enjoying the flying duck jumper :)
    x

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  9. Those places look awesome! I only wished that it wasn't half a world away from here, haha.

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  10. Wow the shop looks amazing, the perfect place to lose yourself for a few hours.
    Sophie
    x

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  11. oooh, just found your blog through a Kuji retweet. la-la-love it. it's great to drift upon a fab sheffield blogger every now and then.

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  12. i had a short stint in sheffield when i was at hallam uni (albeit for 6 weeks) and fell in love with all the shops available!
    there just aren't enough boutiques where i live, and if there are any they are all so overpriced, so it was amazing!
    i never had the chance to charity shop shop where i leave either, and sheffield was perfect for it!
    i hope you spotlight the vintage clothing shop on division street, or freshmans vintage! they were my fave :D

    bexposure.blogspot.com :)

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    http://mwanwan.blogspot.com

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  14. I really want to visit Sheffield and these lovely shops, there isnt anything like that in Middlesbrough!!

    xx

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  15. This looks like the shop of my dreams!! Will have to take a trip up north :)

    xx

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  16. OH MY GOD! Thats shops looks soo like heaven! It would be the perfect shop for me I guess..in the netherlands we dont have got many of those styled shops and that makes me sad..but hell yeah that shop looks awesome

    xoxo

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  17. Aah how lovely to be representing your neck of the woods, I hope you'll become the girls Sheffield bible! absolutely frigging adore the ducks jumper! don't care if its
    for men!
    Adore the vinyl on the Windows! lovely photographs too, *follow*! Xx

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  18. Aah how lovely to be representing your neck of the woods, I hope you'll become the girls Sheffield bible! absolutely frigging adore the ducks jumper! don't care if its
    for men!
    Adore the vinyl on the Windows! lovely photographs too, *follow*! Xx

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  19. This place looks like my dream shop, take me there! :) x

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  20. AHHHHHH I'M SO EXCITED
    No really, I'm super excited about this series. I'd really like to get to know Sheffield better after my little visit for Charlie Sheens. I'm a bit out of the drinking loop for a bit (illness, gah) but I'd love to come to Sheffield for the day if you feel like showing me the hotspots? (I remember Alice showing some interest in this last time too - maybe we could make it a playdate?).

    Also - I just bought my boyfriend a Diana F+ for Christmas and I'm just discovering all things Lomo. That display looks like absolute heaven to me right now!

    Looking forward to the rest in the series! Xxx

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