112 Devonshire Street, S3 7SF

Being great fans of independent traders of all creeds, we love seeing previously corporate-dominated sectors get a splash of much-needed passion and personality, which is why we were so pleased to see independent eyewear and eyecare specialist EYEYE crop up in Sheffield recently.

Based in the heart of the city, EYEYE offers ethical, handpicked products and in-depth eye tests. Their frames are chosen on the basis of both beauty and eco credentials, including Sea2see frames made from fishing nets and plastic ropes recovered from the sea, alongside plant-based, recycled and wooden frames. The local supply chain is really important to them too, so their frames are glazed locally, just off Eccy Road.

Based on his 25+ years of experience, founding optometrist Karl Hallam believes many people in the UK are getting sub-par eye exams. Karl is passionate about giving customers the most comfortable experience possible and spends an hour with each, as opposed to the industry-standard 20 minutes. There's no hard sell here - just friendly, expert advice. The shop is also bike and dog-friendly.

EYEYE's core 'no logo' range offers good value at £150 for single vision and £250 for multifocal glasses, while their independent collection comes in at only £50 more. Prices are also all-in-one, with no sneaky, last-minute add-ons.

EYEYE are also hosting an in-store event as part of our Festival of Debate in June, so stay tuned for more info on that in good time.

Jazz at the Lescar

Every Wednesday at the Lescar

Jazz can be intimidating. What if you don’t ‘get’ it? What if you have to pretend you do out of embarrassment? For so many people, for whatever reason, jazz just doesn’t feel accessible, a charge that the genre finds itself answering to all the time, and one which isn’t entirely without merit.

Jazz at the Lescar, programmed and hosted by Jez and Hannah and falling under the Sheffield Jazz banner, has been tackling these stereotypes head on for years with regular, accessible and diverse line-ups of pioneering homegrown and global jazz music.

Without a doubt the best weekly jazz night in the city, Jazz at the Lescar manages to be intimate and friendly without feeling cliquey, and the standard of musicianship, drawn from Sheffield as well as further afield, is often jaw-dropping. These are national and international touring artists at the top of their game, playing to a room of less than 100 people and often bringing influences from hip hop, electronica, rock, classical and folk.

This month sees visits from guitarist Jamie Taylor (7 March), who has worked with the likes of Richard Hawley and members of Cinematic Orchestra, groovy and melodic saxophonist Phil Meadows (14 March), and the Elliot Galvin Trio (21 March, pictured), bringing with them analogue synths, organs and children’s toys found in charity shops.

If you fancy something different, give it a try. £7 for almost two hours of entertainment ain’t half bad.

Photo by Dave Stapleton

Zero Waste Market

Thurs 15 March, 2-6pm
Sheffield Students' Union

Established as a society of four friends back in early 2017, Sheffield Market Society set out their stall with a noble manifesto, namely to: promote more environmentally-conscious grocery shopping; to encourage cooking from scratch by making fresh, local produce more accessible and affordable by facilitating the sharing of recipes; to foster positive relationships between buyers and local producers; and to support local independent producers by expanding and diversifying their customer base, as well as supporting university societies.

Having run several markets throughout 2017, the Sheffield Market Society team have fostered friendships with several local producers, gaining invaluable insight and knowledge from them all. This month sees them host the Zero Waste Market, an event geared towards raising awareness about the need to reduce waste, and the simple, everyday methods we can employ in order to do so.
Noble indeed. Get in touch to get involved.

Therapy Room Sheffield

4 Priory Road, S7 1LW

Sometimes it feels like the world is set up to stress us out. Whether it’s a pressing deadline, social anxiety or constant social media notifications vying for brain space, it can be hard to carve out time for yourself, and this can have a knock-on effect on sleep, relaxation and recuperation. A ‘sleep when I’m dead’ philosophy can be really damaging, both mentally and physically.

Therapy Room Sheffield could help you. An oasis of calm in Nether Edge, it is inhabited by professional massage specialists of all persuasions. Headed up by Eva Weltermann, the international team focuses on client-centred therapies, offering many kinds of massage, from sports and remedial massage to Thai yoga massage and almost everything in between.

Consultations at the Therapy Room are free and the team have also kindly offered £10 off first treatments to Now Then readers until the end of April. They are running an open weekend on 14-15 April, so if you’re curious about what they do and want to learn more, pop along.


5-11 March

Coinciding with International Women's Day on 8 March, SheFest exists to celebrate and promote gender equality and develop networks for self-defining women within the city. Here are some picks of this year’s programme.

On 6 March, Sheffield City Walking Tours will host a Women's History Walking Tour (Winter Gardens, 2pm, £5), taking in some key locations which have shaped the social history of the present day, while later that evening Reel Femme will screen Venus, a documentary exploring female sexuality and desire (DINA, 7pm, £3). On 9 March, Chella Quint delivers her period comedy show, Adventures in Menstruating (DINA, 7:30pm, £6), and on 10 March, Forked Theatre presents Motherlogues, a verbatim theatre show exploring motherhood (Theatre Deli, 7:30pm, £9).

Closing the festival on 11 March will be a showcase of superb female musicianship, including the single launch of the first instalment of FIONA's Songs of Experience musical project. Pick up a brochure to find out more.

St Luke’s Lottery


Last month we told you about the vital work St Luke’s Hospice does to provide care for thousands of adults across Sheffield with a terminal illness, and how you could get involved in many of its fundraising opportunities throughout the year. What we didn’t mention is that the care of one in nine of St Luke’s patients is funded by its lottery.

St Luke’s Lottery is a membership game which you join by paying in advance via direct debit, card or cheque. You’re then entered into their draw every Friday of the year, starting at £1 a pop.

There are 102 guaranteed prizes - a £1,000 first prize, a £100 second prize, and £5 for 100 winners - as well as a rollover jackpot starting at £375, but potentially reaching £15,000. The odds are much higher than other lotteries, with a third of all players winning a prize each year.

Give something to this worthy cause and you never know – you might get something back.