Moss & Clover

1 Nether Edge Road

Anyone who went to the main stage at this year’s Tramlines may have noticed some fabulous floral crowns on sale. To find the source, you need to head out into the wildest parts of Nether Edge and look for a building with a giant green ampersand on the front, a botanical labyrinth with a focus on bringing the outside in.

Opened in November on the site of The Old Sweet Shop by Sheffield local Emma Venn, whose grandmother worked there in the 70s, Moss & Clover takes its inspiration from the wild peak district landscape and Columbia Road Flower Market in East London. The shop specialises in bespoke arrangements for all occasions, from birthdays to wedding bouquets. For those who fancy something a little more exotic, they also specialise in terrariums - mini ecosystems filled with flora, beautifully displayed in a range of glassware.

As well as making her own botanical artwork, Emma also helps show off the talents of other local artists. A gallery in the back of the shop houses flower-themed works by the likes of lino print artist Zebedee, digital artist Felicity Hoy and photographer Shelley Richmond. It’s always great to see local talents helping each other out, and Now Then Discounts App users will find offers and discounts available in-store.

Photo by Sara Hill

Opus Presents: Gadabout

Launching October 2015

Once upon a time, Opus used to host regular live music events, from the weekly Opus Acoustics at the Riverside to the Not What You Know DJ sets. Then life - not to mention this here magazine - got in the way and we fell out of the habit. But we missed it too much to stay away, so now we’re teaming up with local musician Neil McSweeney to bring you a new series of events.

Opus Presents: Gadabout is about showing off not just the range of musical talent in the city, but also the range of amazing venues the city has to offer. Over the coming months we’ll wander from place to place, matching artists with venues.

On 17 October we’re taking over Shakespeares on Gibraltar Street for a set by Steven James Adams, previously of Singing Adams and The Broken Family Band. On 8 November, meanwhile, things get more intimate as we head to Cafe #9 in Nether Edge, the perfect setting for a performance from the fantastic Vera van Heeringen.

We’ll be ending the year with a good old fashioned Christmas cabaret at the newly-refurbished University Drama Studio on Glossop Road. Stay tuned for more on that. And as for 2016 - well, you’ll just have to wait and see.

Buy Local, Buy Social

28 Sept - 4 Oct

One of the joys of a city like Sheffield is discovering all the best local businesses. Not only do they often sell stuff you won’t find anywhere else, but buying from them puts more money back into the city.
To help you find all of Sheffield’s hidden gems, Hallam Students’ Union has organised a week of events celebrating the best of Sheffield’s local businesses, from pub quizzes to film screenings. Pick up their handy free map of where to find the best local traders in the city. They’ve even marked some places where you can get special offers and discounts with the Now Then Discounts App.

Ideas Bazaar

16 September
Firth Court

Feeding ideas and encouraging new connections ahead of Festival of the Mind 2016, Ideas Bazaar is all about bringing academics from the University of Sheffield together with creative minds in the city.
Radio 4’s Christopher Green will host the event, which in the past has seen the University's academics team up with artists, musicians and makers of all kinds to work on projects which have been showcased in venues across the city. Keep an eye out for us too. We’ll be there showcasing our 2014 project, Fairness on the 83, which highlights inequalities across the 83 bus route and can still be viewed at


E-cigarettes are exploding in popularity right now, both among those who are looking to quit and those who just want an alternative to tobacco. Mirage have been producing and selling e-cigarettes for five years now. That might not sound like a long time, but in a relatively new market it makes them experts. They've now got shops across the city, from Ecclesall Road to Leppings Lane (don’t forget to take the Now Then Discounts App with you for a discount).
Mirage's in-house e-liquids come in a variety of splendid flavours - rhubarb and custard, anyone? - and, as a member of the Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association (ECITA), they’re helping to maintain a standard of regulation in the sale of e-liquids and e-cigarettes. Check them out.


22 Union St

All-round good eggs Roundabout have opened a new charity shop, connected to their Homeless Prevention Centre on Union St, which helps young people aged 16-25 in South Yorkshire to live independently. All the money raised in the shop goes straight back into the centre, and many of the volunteers are ex-clients - proof of the massive difference the charity is making.
Their reach also extends way beyond the city. The clothes they sell come from Watermade, which funds water projects in Uganda, and the coffee comes courtesy of TwinCafe, which sources its beans from Sheffield’s sister city of Estelí, Nicaragua.

The Leadmill

This year The Leadmill is celebrating 35 years since it first opened its doors to punters. Although there are clear similarities, that was a different era, and Sheffield was a very different place. This lot have seen it all, and now they're going back to their roots, turning the venue back into the cultural hub it was in the 80s.
Next month, Kid Acne will be doing a piece in the doorway based around the bands and artists who have performed there over the years. They are now hosting films and comedy on the regular, alongside their gigs and club nights, and plenty more plans are afoot. The Leadmill remains a Sheffield institution, and we'd be surprised if that isn't the case for at least another 35 years.

Sheffield Social Enterprise Network

This magazine is produced by a social enterprise, so we know that the key to making any social business work is dialogue.
That’s where Sheffield Social Enterprise Network (SSEN) comes in. Founded in 2011 and resurrected this February, SSEN is all about bringing social enterprises together to make a stronger collective voice. The group's ethos is based around openness and inclusivity, and everyone on the committee is also a member, ensuring that everybody, be they an established enterprise or a lone entrepreneur, gets a say.
For more info and details on how to become a member of SSEN, head to their website.