DINA

36 Cambridge St
dinavenue.com

Deborah Egan and her band of merry volunteers had a massive task on their hands when they started work on DINA. Based on Cambridge Street, the site has a bit of a sordid history. The last tenants left nothing but rats, debris and eau de Stella Artois - just what every team wants to encounter upon arrival.

DINA isn’t just your average bar. It aims to be a venue in which to showcase the newest and best work being produced in and around Sheffield. Artists and practitioners with backgrounds in film, digital production, alternative comedy, poetry, music and theatre have performed there since it threw its doors open around two years ago.

Over the next few months, DINA will play host to some of the most innovative and exciting events in Sheffield, including the fourth incarnation of Connect The Dots Festival, a project focussed on human interaction that will this year take place on 11-24 November. This year it features work about our perception and interaction with the sea.

Deborah says, “The Sea Around Us will look at how art and science can combine to offer new perspectives and analysis on our oceans, using installations and thought-provoking digital content.”

Check out the rest of the line-up on their website.

Harland Cafe

68 John St
harlandcafe.co.uk

12:30pm rolls around. The rumbles of hunger can be heard loudly throughout the office. Responses to simple questions become snapped rather than joked. The dreaded 'hanger' has taken hold. We all look at each other, take a deep breath and realise it’s time to head to the Harland Cafe.

Based just round the corner from our HQ, the Harland Cafe has kept us in coffee, cake and, most importantly, £3.30 Workers Specials for as long as any of us can remember. They even let us have Pom Bears, though they’re supposed to be for the under 12s.

Harland offers brilliant brunches, luncheons and cakes that can’t be rivalled. But while it’s most known for its lunch-time offerings and breakfast hangover cures, the cafe can also be hired out for special occasions. A big bowl of their incredible chips is the perfect birthday present in itself.

Alongside all these offerings, this hidden gem also runs live music nights and supper clubs. Their supper clubs book up quickly. For £20 you get a gorgeous two-course meal and you're also treated to live music from 8pm. Each night has a different theme and are all shouted about on the website. You can book in the cafe or over the phone, but get a wriggle on for the October event. Blink and you’ll miss out.

Natural Bed Company

123-125 Fitzwilliam St
naturalbedcompany.co.uk

On average, we spend eight hours a day sleeping. Why not spend those hours comfy? The Natural Bed Company has been making sustainable wooden beds for over 40 years. Most of their beds are made with woods such as oak for durability and longevity. They’ve just moved to a wonderful new shop on Fitzwilliam Street, which they’ve filled with beds, bedroom furniture and more - everything you need to make your nest.

On top of making wonderful pieces of furniture, the Natural Bed gang also donate money from every bed to fantastic causes. Currently they’re supporting Tibetan refugees to ensure they’re ready for all the challenges of the modern world.

If you’re interested in having a look, get down in time to see their new exhibition, starting this month. They’ve teamed up with the talented Matthew Conduit, who has over 30 years' experience in fine photography. Matthew has created a series of images detailing the way nature has reclaimed the industrial landscape of the city.  

Balance

156 Devonshire St
lifeisbalance.co.uk

Since opening their doors in 2012, Balance has aimed to create a sleek retail experience whilst maintaining equilibrium between the planet and its inhabitants. Not just any old smoking apparatus shop, Balance takes the time to research, design and source the best possible products for their customers. 2016 has been an exciting year for the team, as they relaunched their website, offering an even better service and releasing a whole new line of innovative and bespoke products.
Alongside their smoking products, they have some great t-shirts, hats, throws and incense products to bring you back into that balanced frame of mind.
Their most recent project has involved teaming up with local artists to display and sell their work. Geo Law is one of the first artists to hop on board, showcasing a couple of his more famous cartoon pieces. Geo’s style is well known around Sheffield and all over the world, having over the past years graced both the Facebook and Google offices, as well as the pages of this here magazine.

Brag Vintage

33 High St
bragvintage.co.uk

Vintage clothing is huge in Sheffield. We’ve got shoulder pads, bobbly cardigans and some things that should probably have been left in the 80s. But in amongst it there is a shop with real sourcing power.

Brag Vintage is breaking the mould when it comes to vintage wear. With individually picked items and a ever-changing stock, you will always have a fresh selection of truly one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. They specialise in Levi's Wranger and Lee denim, so if you’re struggling for shorts or jealous of your neighbour's jacket, this is the place to go.

Likewise, if you’re new to the city and looking for a place that is friendly towards freshers, Brag also offer a 10% student discount and regularly run lock-ins to make sure you get all the best deals. Never fear though, because if you’re too hungover to leave your new digs, they also offer free delivery on all UK orders and same-day delivery if ordered before 1pm. You’ll be rocking those sequined trousers in no time.

Flux Boxes

fluxboxes.com

Half of the world’s population have periods, but if ‘that time of the month’ is mentioned in polite company, both men and women wrinkle their noses like somebody has just described a stomach-turning surgical procedure.
Companies like Flux Boxes are promoting a period positive message across Sheffield. They take the drama out of your period by delivering the products you need, when you need them. They are constantly looking at working with new suppliers to offer cutting-edge products in term of sustainability and longevity.
The service starts at £3.50 per month, and as they leave you handy reminders you’ll never forget to slip some in your bag again. A portion of their profits go to supporting women's charities across the globe, so they walk the walk as well as talking the talk.
So embrace your period and, as the girls say, own the flow.