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!