If ever there was a space that sums up Sheffield’s generosity, community spirit, and what it is to have vision, then Hagglers Corner is it.
Back in 2011, owners Dave and Sarah saw an opportunity for developing Dave’s furniture and carpentry business. Buildings that had been derelict for almost ten years on Queens Road, right by the Antiques Quarter, seemed the perfect place. Dave approached the owner with images of his work, and a plea: “if you give us a chance in this building, we will turn it round and fill it with tenants”.
And this they have done. Starting with a loan from family, the dream that is Hagglers Corner began. With rooms knee-deep in pigeon poo, Sarah and Dave set about the mammoth task of converting and restoring the courtyard and its units back to glory.
“Sheffield sorted us right out”, Sarah says delightedly. Much of the furniture and help came through friends of friends: pilfered and up-cycled, the bar is made of old snooker tables from the former Abbeydale Snooker Club, chairs came from the Shakespeare pub, tables from the Stockroom, and fridge and glass-washer donated too. The cafe is full of comfy sofas: granny’s embroidery meets 1970s chic, with Icelandic hints here and there – a nod to Sarah’s roots. Mismatched crockery is a vintage lover’s delight, and the deliciously strong coffee, gooey brownies, restorative smoothies and fresh falafel are enough to tempt me back time and again.
New for 2017 is the Hagglers bar. Open till late from Thursday to Saturday, the bar offers local ale, house cocktails and great music, with live acts and DJs at weekends – keep an eye on Facebook for news of upcoming gigs.
The units around Hagglers’ bunting-strewn courtyard are let out to several other independent businesses. They include a stunning light-filled yoga studio, Orchis floral design, Dr Viper tattoos, Running with Scissors creative workshops, Guitar Shack, a music school, and the vintage-inspired gift and craft shop Diamonds and Frogs – see the site for up-to-date info about Hagglers' residents.
Hagglers Corner is a place that echoes the spirit of Sheffield, and the power of believing in your dreams.
Written by Alex Woodall.