TNB Indie Arcade, Sheffield

The Nichols building in Shalesmoor just got twice as good

TNB Indie Arcade

TNB Indie Arcade

Since opening in 2011 in a vast former wholesale grocers in Shalesmoor, the Nichols building has established itself as a destination vintage arts and crafts emporium.

A few weeks ago, TNB Indie Arcade opened on the ground floor. At the moment it’s all about independent retail but one day it could host gigs, cinema, theatre and club nights.

I spoke to Matt Abbott from TNB Indie Arcade about his plans for the space, the latest on his musical projects and moving to Sheffield.

1970s caravan in TNB Indie Arcade

1970s caravan in TNB Indie Arcade

TNB Indie Arcade has been up and running indoors on the ground floor of the Nichols building since July. Is it a separate thing to the Nichols building and owned or run by different people?

The ground floor did actually exist as TNB Indie Arcade before we took over on 1 July. It was run by the same person that still runs the first floor, although it was more of a secondary overspill than it’s own individual space.

So since we’ve taken over, we’ve really transformed it into a unique business and it’s already starting to gather quite a distinctive and intriguing style. I think the centre pieces so far are the fantastic 1970s pop-out caravan and the old church pulpit that we use as the sales desk!

Also we’re conscious that each unit has a really imposing style, so that it feels as though every corner offers something completely different whilst still fitting in with the style of the whole room. It’s a fantastic project and we’re really pleased with how much we’ve progressed in the first five weeks or so.

Yorkshire Tee at TNB Indie Arcade

Yorkshire Tee at TNB Indie Arcade

Tell us about the sorts of retailers you’ve got in TNB Indie Arcade and what they’re offering.

We have everything from mini retro £1.50 greetings cards to fantastic antique furniture and original artwork. The vast majority of our dealers treat their units as hobbies so whilst it does provide a little extra income, it’s also a labour of love. And I think this is really reflected in the standard and the quality of the products that they bring in.

A&D Creations have a workshop here and make some fantastic glass work and jewellery. Steel City Retro are constantly bringing in a diverse range of records into the vintage caravan. Reverse Gear Interiors has some amazing furniture, and other units such as Love Me, Heartily Homemade, Northern Sewn and Cute as a Button bring superb home made gifts and decorative pieces.

We also have original artwork by Tracy White, MJT Artwork and Simon Abbott, as well as original photography by Gordie Cavill.

Also, we’ve recently added Yorkshire Tee, who are currently the most popular t-shirt designers in the city.

TNB Indie Arcade

TNB Indie Arcade

How have the first few weeks been?

They’ve been truly fantastic. Seeing the space gradually evolve day by day is really satisfying, and working so closely with the dealers gives you an appreciation of the time and effort and also the care that goes into their products.

It’s great socialising with customers and meeting so many talented people. And let’s face it; turning up to work somewhere like TNB Indie Arcade doesn’t really feel like a proper job! We’re very lucky to be involved.

As well as the retail arcade, it sounds like you have plenty of other interesting spaces in the building. What are your plans for making the most of them?

We do have a shared courtyard which is currently used for fairs and events. However we’re running a few small events in the retail arcade, and our long term plans include extending into the cellar. It’s a superb space, reminiscent of The Cavern or a much larger version of Club 60, and there’s fantastic potential down there for film screenings and alternative club nights.

The evening events will be an extension of the cultures that we celebrate in the daytime retail space; vintage and alternative lifestyles, and particularly 1960s Britain. I’m a huge fan of the Mod scene and so I really want a few Northern Soul-driven Quadrophenia nights in here eventually!

The first event that we’re running is on Tuesday 18 September and will include spoken word sets, acoustic sets, ’60s DJs and most importantly, cheap alcohol.

The main Nichols Building has been open about two years now. How is it going – I expect there have been some ups and downs in that time?

I can’t personally speak from experience, but obviously a good proportion of our trade is down to the Nichols building having already been established as a great vintage space. People know about the Nichols; they just don’t necessarily know about the ground floor. But obviously we plan on dramatically changing that!

I thought I recognised the name Matt Abbott. Are you the same punk poet/frontman from Skint & Demoralised?

I am indeed. To be honest we won’t be writing or recording as Skint & Demoralised any more after the release of our third album The Bit Between The Teeth in April, although I still regularly perform punk poetry sets and have several new writing projects in progress.

I’m working on a new album and this time we’ve brought a third writer on board, so it’ll be different to S&D. Apart from that, I can’t really divulge much information at this stage I’m afraid!

Finally, did you think twice about moving down to Sheffield from Wakefield? And have your impressions of the city changed since you moved down here?

No, not in the slightest. Obviously I love Wakefield because it’s my home town, and I still spend a decent amount of time there, but I’ve been utterly infatuated with Sheffield since I started coming here at the age of fifteen and I’ve always wanted to live here.

I live with my best mate, who’s also the other half of S&D, which is obviously great fun. And to be fair I probably know as many people in Sheffield as I do in Wakefield because we were always considered a Sheffield band as much as we were a Wakefield band.

As you know; Sheffield is an absolutely wonderful city and I’m really enjoying my time here so far.

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Hantu collective Japan t-shirt

Your next t-shirt

If you only buy one t-shirt this month, then why not make it this. Designed by Sheffield’s very own Hantu collective in partnership with the Japanese Red Cross Society, all proceeds from the sale of the Heal Japan tee will go to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami.

You can order one online or pick one up from the Hantu workshop in the Forum’s Arcade shop.

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Hantu collective Japan tshirt

Hantu collective Japan tshirt

Sheffield on Twitter – March 2010 update

Twitter latest

Here are this month’s additions to the list of Sheffield people and organisations of interest on  Twitter. The full directory can be found on the Sheffield Twitter users page.

There is also a Twitter list of people and organisations in Sheffield in Twitter.

Seven hills – 21st century women’s institute
@sevenhillswi

Showroom cinema
@showroomcinema

Manor operatic
@manoroperatic

Sheffield volunteering strategy
@clairewalsh360

Pure ink creative – website copywriters
@PureInkCreative

Sort of… films – film production company
@sortoffilms

Peace in the park – annual free festival
@PeaceinthePark

The Harlequin – pub
@harlequinpub

MM design – design agency
@mmdesign_sheff

Resolve IT solutions
@resolveits

Jinja beard – fashion blog
@jinjabeardblog

R8 records – record label
http://twitter.com/R8Records

Gem directories – advertising
@gemdirectories

Jam jar beads – bead shop
@Jamjarbeads

No limits – student film festival
@shefnolimits

TransAction – translation services
@TransActionHQ

Beatson fans and motors
@IndustrialFans

Small ideas – university alternative music society
@shefaltmusicsoc

Aim higher
@AHSYdisability

Brinsworth training
@BrinsworthTC

Ian Britt – singer/songwriter
@ianbritt

Weekend at last – charity events
@weekendatlast

Copthorne gym
@GymPlusSufc

Sloucher – online magazine
@sloucherzine

Sam Needham – artist, designer and photographer
@SamNeedham

No vote no voice – campaign to influence students to use their vote
@NoVoteNoVoice

CRM business – Microsoft CRM specialist
@thecrmbusiness

Star professional solutions – recruitment
@StarPS

Bravura perform – sales and marketing
@BravuraPerform

James Whitworth – cartoonist and writer
@jameswhitworth

Lucid landscapes – landscape architecture and graphic design
@lucidlandscapes

Joe Whittaker – web design
@hellojoew

Diane Shipley – freelance journalist
@dianeshipley

Sheff boot camps – indoor circuit training
@Sheffbootcamps

If you want to be listed on it then follow @sheffieldblog, get in touch or comment below.

Kid acne South Yorks shirt

You’ve seen the street art, but have you got the tshirt and heard the song?

If you like your local memorabilia then available now from Lex records is this South Yorks tshirt from Sheffield street artist Kid acne.

Kid acne South Yorks tshirt

Kid acne South Yorks tshirt from Lex records

And have you heard this South Yorks song, too?