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New Mural by Sheffield based illustrator Willustration
Chosen via a poll of Union St members from three suggestions by Guardian writer Dan Dylan Wray, the most popular choice of “OK. Ready’ Lets Do it were the first words heard – just before the song kicks in – on the debut single by the Human League who formed in Sheffield (before selling over 20 million records). Dan explained: “There’s a slightly motivational element to it without being overboard, and the words originally represented a bold leap into the future. ‘Being Boiled’ was a pivotal single in electronic music, David Bowie declared it the sound of the future and it was a benchmark moment in Sheffield and UK music history.”
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Our first Pop-Up Cafe of 2021

Just Falafs return for a lunchtime pop-up cafe on Thursday 22nd April from 11:30am til 2:30pm with the following menu:

  • Lebanese spiced fatayer (Middle Eastern pasty), served with homemade hummus, salads and pickles;
  • Persian dahl with tamarind sauce, served with homemade pita bread (or gluten free wrap), salads and pickles;
  • Shawarma- seitan strips marinated in our special shawarma spice mix and served in a pita or as a larger plate meal. Both include homemade hummus, freshly made pita, salads and pickles.
All dishes are 100% vegan and freshly made in the Just Falafs kitchen, you invite a friend to their pop-up lunch at Union St here and they’re open on Chesterfield Road every Thursday 4-9pm, Friday & Saturday from midday ’til 9pm via for deliveries via their Mealbase page here
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Glimmers of Hope with co-working member Rachel Bower
It’s been brilliant to catch-up with people returning to co-working, including Rachel Bower who’s offered to facilitate our next online session which she’s described with the following blurb:
“We’re all living through a time of change, where ordinary things like going to a cafe or meeting a friend have become quite extraordinary; and where extraordinary things have become part of our daily routines – even boring. The workshop will offer some tricks and techniques which you can use if you’re feeling stuck – in your writing, work or life! Come and write yourself out of your ordinary!”
The session will be at lunchtime on Wednesday 5th May from 12 til 1pm via Zoom, you can find more details and invite a friend on Facebook here, and you can register your free ticket and add the event to your calendar via Eventbrite here.
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British Street Food Awards ‘Best Newcomer’ appointed to School For Pop-Ups Board
Danny Pinch of Pellizco has been appointed to the Board of the School For Pop-Ups, the in-house charity at Union St which is set-up to offer support and test-trading opportunities for new start-ups . Danny’s first regular trading location was at Union St and he’s since worked with the School For Pop-Ups Business Advisor Greg Tipper to develop his website and booking system, before securing a residency at Dyson Place and recently announcing a new location at Cutlery Works in Sheffield’s Kelham Island. Danny’s role on the Board is to inform the development of our facilities for new traders, and he’ll also be on-hand to help answer any food-related questions at our next meet-up on Monday 29th March, more details below.
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Mon 29th March: a lunchtime online meet-up featuring the Inspiring Story of Forge Bakehouse
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As the Founder of the city’s most in-demand bakery, for this online Q&A I’ll be asking for Martha Brown’s tips and advice on starting an independent business in Sheffield and adapting to Covid-19, following Martha’s recent pivot to a community drop-off model. Hosted by The School for Pop-Ups it’ll also be an opportunity for anyone to ask any questions to Martha, and/or Business Advisor Greg Tipper and Danny from Pellizco, recent Winner of Best Newcomer at the British Street Food Awards. You can find more info, register for your ticket and add the event to your diary (Monday 29th March) here.
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National acclaim for anchor tenants Studio Polpo from the Royal Institute of British Architects

“Studio Polpo offers an example to the whole profession on bringing together unexpected disciplines, marginal communities, artists and funding to tackle important issues of our day, while having fun.”  The full article is here and you can see their 4 minute interview filmed from their studio at Union St by clicking on the image below;

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Filming with Will Rea for the Art & Design Department at SHU

Sheffield based graphic illustrator Will Rea aka Willustration was interviewed for a film by Sheffield Hallam Uni’s Department of Art & Design in our ground floor, this week it was brilliant to see the final video online and hear Will saying that it was the first commission for Union St that encouraged him to believe he could make his illustration work as a future and as a job, you can click on the large image below to hear Will’s 1 minute 45 seconds interview;

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More good stuff;

  • We’re in the news (!) here
  • The 4 minute pilot episode of ‘Union St TV’ here
  • The 2 minute School for Pop-Ups video here
  • BBC Radio 4’s feature on co-working ‘The Workspace Revolution’ here
  • Consider becoming a member and co-working from Union St here
  • Explore options for having your own city centre desk space here

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