Regeneration: Quirky Businesses @ Kelham Island & Neepsend

Once the beating heart of industrial Sheffield, the Kelham Island and Neepsend areas have long been associated with old mills, factories and workshops. However, following a vast and ongoing regeneration project, these adjoining city suburbs are now hugely in-demand as places to live, work and play – due largely to an offering of quirky businesses ranging from modern restaurants to traditional ale pubs. It’s also the home of your friendly neighbourhood Exposed, so next time you’re in the area feel free to pop in for a cuppa, yeah? In the meanwhile, here a few other places certainly worth checking out

 Kelham Arcade

Located on Burton Road, Kelham Arcade is home to a host of talented independents including Kelham Barber, Cry Baby Tattoo, a homeware store and an ethically sourced antique taxidermy shop. There’s plenty to discover inside, so pop in to say hello when you next get the opportunity – they’re a friendly bunch!

Pearson and Earl’s Barbershop

The latest addition to Sheffield’s barbershop community, Pearson and Earl’s has had rave reviews. Providing services for children to OAP’s, its retro décor is open and welcoming for everyone. Clientele receive a chilled out experience whilst getting that full head shave, or even a trim for that unruly beard. It also sells products such as Morgan’s Pomade beard cream, to help keep your beard revered – not to mention the retro gaming machine to keep you occupied while you’re waiting!

Coincidence Lifestore

This Scandinavian-themed store is perfect for minimalist, yet striking home furnishings. After originally having a gift shop in Bakewell, the owners decided to lay down permanent roots in Kelham Island and join Sheffield’s wealth of independent traders. Pop in and take a look at their Nordic goods, along with stock from Sheffield-based artists and makers.

Drop Dead

Want to make a statement? Selling own-brand clothing and owned by Bring Me The Horizon’s Ollie Sykes, Drop Dead sell alternative fashion for men and women including hoodies, t-shirts, trousers and leggings, as well as an assortment of accessories. Grungy fashion and soon to be taking on a Game of Thrones line, swing by this clean-cut, compact shop.

Clobber Calm Supply Co

Selling some fine vintage men’s wares and one of the only places in Sheff to stock Redwings boots, owner Ben’s journey began with a simple Instagram feed and has culminated in an online store and his own premises. Hardwearing, high quality clothing sold to you with passionate, friendly service – head down and see what all the fuss is about.


Winner of the Construction Innovation Award 2016, Krynkl is a innovative development created from up-cycled shipping containers. The four-floored venue is home to a number of exciting start-up and independent businesses brought together under the umbrella of avant-garde workspaces and an ethos of creative collaboration. Residents include Knots ‘n’ Niggles sports and holistic massage parlour, edgy unisex salon The Bunker Hair Shelter and 2 AA Rosette hyper-seasonal restaurant Jöro – widely tipped to receive the city’s next Michelin Star. You’ll also find one of Sheffield’s first rooftop bars, Inc. This half-covered, fairylight-adorned space specialises in damn good service and craft beers, and serves 2-4-1 cocktails on Thursdays 4-8 pm. Chin chin…

92 Burton Road

Centred around a cobbled courtyard, 92 Burton Road hosts a range of events from the monthly Peddler Night Market celebrating local talent to pop-up cinema events. Permanent foodie residents include Nether Edge Pizza Company and the Sheffield Cheesemasters, not forgetting the quirky Kelham Arcade. Showcasing the heritage of Sheffield’s mechanical revolution, 92 Burton Road boasts a 7,500 sq ft. ex-industrial-era warehouse available for hire, from weddings to ‘Sleep Outs’ raising money for young homeless people in Sheffield.

The Gym

Perfect for those with healthy new year’s resolutions (though why not start early?), memberships at The Gym start from £14.99 a month, consist of free fitness classes for members, have no tie-down contracts and the 24/7 opening times are ideal for those on shifts or wanting to avoid the peak time rush. With free parking and only a five minute powerwalk from Shalesmoor tram stop, you’re struggling for excuses not to join!

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