Down the Kelham Arcade
Once an abandoned industrial unit, the now-thriving Kelham Arcade at 92 Burton Road exemplifies the area’s transformation from largely derelict suburb to hotspot for independent business and retail. “We wanted to create a hub for creatives and independent retail in the Kelham area,” owner Lawrence Wheen told Exposed. “It’s an exciting place to be at the moment and we wanted to offer the opportunity for others to come down and be part of that.”
The Arcade will celebrate its third birthday in August and has recently welcomed a number of new businesses to the fold. They’ve also had a bit of a refurb, which has seen a clearout the spacious corridor area so they can provide space for pop-up ventures, something Lawrence is particularly excited about. “It’d be perfect for a florist, perhaps, but we’re open to anything. If anyone would like to utilise the new space, they just need to get in touch with their idea and we’ll take it from there.
A vibrant yoga studio in the heart of the city, Glow offers a range of yoga classes designed to promote healthy and happy living. Three trainers – Yasmina, Muna and Deva – specialise in various practices from kundalini to vinyasa, also offering treatments such as deep tissue sports massage to reiki, a Japanese treatment for natural healing.
Black Beacon Sound
Head down into the basement, decorated impressively by local artist Rob Lee, and you’ll meet Toby and Benny of Black Beacon Sound, who set up the label three years ago after realising how many artists were making good music without the option to release physically. After seeing the underground space at KA, they saw a perfect spot to promote the label and provide a vinyl cratedigger’s paradise while doing so, also selling a range of clothing designed by artist Instinctive Squid. Covering everything from blues and folk to techno and garage, you can pick up rare bargains in the designated £1 and £5 sections. Going forward they will be hosting intimate gigs, stocking music zines and books, and getting a SNES in to complete the perfect hangout spot for music-lovers.
Not your average agency, Soup Social specialise in digital marketing campaigns, especially when it comes to growing e-commerce business ventures. A highly-trained team of Facebook ad specialists are on-hand to ensure clients can increase traffic, amplify messages and achieve revenue goals.
Headed up by experienced artists Polly Taylor and Kelly Smith, who both specialise in a range of styles, Cry Baby was the first in a burgeoning number of tattoo parlours in the area. Check out their Instagram page below to see the incredible designs they’re capable of, or pop in to arrange a consultation.
One of the city’s best-loved independent record stores, Scott McMullin opened the original Tonearm in 2013 on Walkley’s South Road. After the success of the store, they decided to open a second unit in Kelham Arcade back in March. Covering a vast range of genres with a specific penchant for indie, they offer an enviable selection of re-pressed LPs, mint condition second-hand records, obscurities and bargains.
It’s worth sticking your head around the door at Purdy’s just to marvel at the colourful retro surroundings, but if you’re after an inspired do as well then take a seat and let Jane and Victoria work their magic. Using only PETA-Approved, cruelty-free products the duo specialise in creative/colour services and also occasion/wedding hair appointments.
Contact for bookings: 07791284116
This modern gents barbers has built up a loyal following and risen to become one of main players on the Sheffield scene. Specialising in all aspects of barbering – fades, longer hair, hot towel shaves, etc – Lawrence, Chloe and Luke guarantee a personable welcome and high-quality service each time. You can book appointments on their Facebook page – facebook.com/kelhambarber.
Reckon you’d fit right in with this lot? There’s a unit currently available for rent. Just call the number below or pop in for a chat!
92 Burton Rd,
Sheffield S3 8DA
Tel: 0114 438 8306