Dubbed the ‘new town centre of north Sheffield', this month Fox Valley celebrates its 1st birthday since the £50 million development first opened its doors to the public. Once a vast 28-acre steel works, the Stockbridge-based retail centre today boasts a wide range of stores, restaurants and cafes which has seen hundreds of jobs created by the 36 businesses currently trading at the historic site. Always ones for a spot of retail therapy, Exposed Mag took a closer look and highlighted some independent retailers well worth heading out to visit.
CENTRAL BEAN: With its distinctive umbrella shape (a reference to Fox Valley once being the site of a famous umbrella manufacturers) and contemporary interior design, Central Bean stands out as the most inviting spot to visit for a cuppa in the valley. They pride themselves on serving the very premium coffee and providing a relaxing atmosphere for shoppers to socialise and unwind. www.centralbean.co.uk
PONTI'S ITALIAN KITCHEN: As one of only 16 UK restaurants to be awarded the Ospitalità Italiana in 2016, the authentic Italian dining experience offered by Ponti’s has been acknowledged with one of the most coveted honours in the business. Founded in 1963 the family-run restaurant has another establishment in London and opened its stunning two-floor venue, which includes an airy prosecco bar and balcony seating area upstairs, in Sheffield last year. With a wide-ranging menu inspired by the culinary heritage of the Emilia Romagna of Italy, rave reviews have quickly helped to establish its reputation as something of an hidden gem on the city’s foodie scene. www.pontis.co.uk
NYC BAR & GRILL: This restaurant brings a touch of America to the Fox Valley shopping centre, with its eccentric style and atmospheric buzz – no matter what time of the day. The company is proud to produce fresh, hand-made dishes daily, including favourites like hotdogs, burgers, grills, sumptuous desserts, and tasty shakes. NYC Bar & Grill cultivates its unique taste from top-secret NYC recipes, and goes the extra mile to make sure every customer loves their visit and leaves with the intention to return. On 19th December 2013, the very first restaurant opened in Bawtry, and that was just the beginning. Now Fox Valley is bringing the unique taste of NYC to Sheffield. www.nycbarandgrill.co.uk
SANDERSON'S BOUTIQUE STORE: An independent boutique store situated over two floors, Sanderson’s offers over 17,000 sq ft of great brands for men and women including Ted Baker, Barbour, Joules, Gant, Phase 8 and many more. If you feel the need to take the weight off for a while, the picturesque Blake’s Tearoom on the ground floor provides the perfect excuse for a relaxing brew and a spot of afternoon tea. Feeling the need for some self-pampering? The dedicated team at Beauty Lounge (also ground floor) are on-hand to meet all of your cosmetic needs. www.sandersonsdeptstore.co.uk
TIMBUKTU: This quirky store specialises in trendy yet practical clothing for men, including a wide range of polos, jackets, fleeces, t-shirts and jeans. The ethos is all about fashionable clothing that lasts, focusing on quality and practicality. Everyday fashion is given precedence among the store’s understated interior and, given the British weather’s infamous changeability, Timbuktu’s fashion lines are fittingly versatile. Parkas, jackets, insulated coats and waterproofs mean that shoppers can go from sunny heat waves to imminent downpours with ease and style. www.timbuktu.co.uk
FULL GAS BIKES: With Fox Valley based near some of the best cycling routes in the region and recently hosting the finish line at the Tour De Yorkshire, a state-of-the-art bicycle store was always going to fit in perfectly. Full Gas Bikes is a new concept bike shop which as well as selling a wide selection of the best cycling brands also hosts a test track, coffee shop and full technical centre. Catering to a range of ages, abilities and disciplines, a team of= knowledgeable staff are there to offer their assistance; whether you’re just starting out on two wheels or a seasoned rider. www.fullgasbikes.co.uk
FOXY NAILS: Just as you enter Fox Valley, on the right hand side of the road, is a smart row of boutique stores that lure you into the main complex itself. As well as a hairdressers, stylish shoe shop and jewellers, it’s also the home of Foxy Nails, which offers a wide range of nail and beauty services such as acrylic extensions, gel, nail art as well as foot spa pedicure treatments. Owner Kim has five years training behind her to guarantee excellent nail and beauty technique and has been getting rave reviews for the quality of her work as well as her excellent customer service. So if you’re planning to jet off to lie on a beach somewhere hot this summer and want your holiday nails to look as perfect as your beach body, then Foxy Nails are well worth a try. Find them on Facebook or call 07870 123888 to make an appointment.
JOHN CRAWSHAW - EXPERT BUTCHERS: With a wealth of knowledge and experience in meat production and development, John Crawshaw is proud to sell the finest locally-sourced meats. This award-winning family butchers is all about making the best produce affordable for their customers, building itself a strong name in the city for quality cuts and friendly customer service across its three stores in the city. They stock a wide variety of the finest pies, sausages, cooked meats and sandwiches ready to take away and also supply a range of local restaurants, hotels and food outlets. Highly-trained, experienced staff will always be on-hand to make each visit an easy, enjoyable experience. www.johncrawshaws.co.uk