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Our Favourite Independent Business’ In Sheffield: How You Can Support Them

5 August 2020

We are all aware of the big-time retailers who are extremely successful like Amazon, Tesco and Costco. It’s easy to log onto Amazon and purchase something within a few clicks but have you thought about buying online from a local, smaller business or taking a walk down the street to pop into the shop?

An independent retailer is one who builds their business without help from an established brand and as you can imagine this takes a whole lot of commitment. You study to get the job of your dreams; these businesses are building the shop of their dreams!
Like other cities, Sheffield is breaking away from the common chains and is on a mission to expose their best kept secrets; Independent shops “those special places that fill life’s little spaces”.

From unique offerings to funky characteristics and top-notch customer services, here are just a few of our favourite hidden gems who will value your support

Steam Yard

This quirky cafe is owned by two best friends with a passion for coffee. Pop in for some of the best drinks in town and unwind in the friendly environment. Try not to dribble over the doughnuts and salt beef bagels, courtesy of The Depot Bakery.

The Cabin

If you’re a pancake fan (let’s be honest, who isn’t?), be sure to add The Cabin to your list of restaurants to try. The family-owned business specialises in an American themed menu and the interior will transport you to the Rocky Mountains.


Moonko is quirky art and design shop where you’ll find a huge mix of one-off products. Not only that, but the owner supports young people and students by offering jobs making and designing products – a great way to get your foot into the creative industry!

Porter Book Shop

A cheaper alternative for students, this small tucked away bookstore buys and sells second-hand books of all genres. Give yourself plenty of time in here, the dense piles of books are overwhelming but wonderful.

Tabby Teas

Missing a pet from home? Grab a cuddle from a cat in Tabby Teas! All the café’s cats are from rescue shelters, and if you’re looking for even more cat time, the café has teamed up with Sheffield University for cat yoga sessions.

Good Taste – The Sheffield Fair Trade Shop

A not for profit business offering a wide range of Fair-Trade products, such as food, jewellery, greeting cards, toys and home ware. The affordable prices mean you’ll get plenty of bang for your buck, and the passionate volunteers within the shop are always happy to help.

Craft and Dough

It’s all in the name – amazing artisan pizzas with an extensive craft beer menu. The staff are friendly, the décor’s cool and there are plenty of interesting pizza toppings. (Top tip: go at lunchtime and get a 6″ pizza and bottomless soda for just £6).

Some quick tips on the other ways we can support independent businesses:

– Treat yourself to a takeaway
– Buy a gift card
– Share business’ social media pages
– Leave them a good review
– Avoid cancelling reservations and postpone instead

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