SilentMode’s Store Crawl 2017: Sheffield

Here we are, at the end of the first “double” of SilentMode’s Store Crawl 2017. I’m about ready to go to bed, but not before recapping my visit to the Sheffield LEGO store.

At this point I’ve reached one of those “why am I doing this?” stages. Despite the videos and Flickr images, the Store Crawl is getting virtually no acknowledgment on social media. There’s also something about seeing the same old high street shops in different cities that’s taking its toll. Geocaching has provided a welcome if disappointing distraction (I’m 2 for 6 at present).

Interesting things about the city.

Just outside of Sheffield train station is a marvellous water feature, and in the near distance is Sheffield Hallam University (which I hear is rather good). The town centre is rather run down and ripe for redevelopment. On the plus side, I have a very nice hotel room at the Best Western.

While there aren’t as many geocaches around as in Leeds, Sheffield has at least a couple of multi-caches, as well as a number of caches you can only find by venturing out of the city centre. Be careful though.

The Sheffield LEGO store.

Store Crawl 2017: Sheffield exterior.

Sheffield’s LEGO store is in the Meadowhalll shopping centre, and disturbingly close to Victoria’s Secret (if I remember correctly). Meadowhall is accessible by train, tram, bus or even on foot – as it’s three miles from the city centre. Like the Leeds store, it’s got a similar configuration to London Westfield.

Sheffield’s showcase.

Store Crawl 2017: Sheffield showcase.

Brickshire has yet another showcase under its belt, as it’s Richard Hinchliffe’s turn to display “Fun at the Zoo”. This display makes use of a number of recent Collectible Minifigures and their accessories.

The Pick A Brick (PAB) wall.

As usual, there’s a dedicated Flickr album with all the photos that appear in the above video.

Thoughts about the store.

As soon as I found out how far the LEGO store was from the city centre, I’d feared this was going to be a repeat of the Newcastle visit. Knowing it would take over an hour to get there on foot, I decided to walk all the way there – AGAIN. (As well as my newfound interest in geocaching, I also wanted to get closer to 30,000 steps in a day.)

Sure enough, it turned out to be a repeat of the Newcastle visit. Even after taking off my jacket to reveal the promotional shirt, there was very minimal contact with the staff. The only difference was that the store was busier, and I had a little interaction with the other customers.

I guess it’s understandable, as it was late on a Friday night. Even so, I didn’t bother leaving my Swapfig card – but of course I had my passport stamped.

Side note: if you happen to like spirits, check out Il Gusto on the ground floor. They have some amazing vodka, liqueurs and even cognac for sale.

What’s next?

It’s past midnight on Saturday, and today is intended to be more fun than anything. After a brief stop in Nottingham, it’s time to return to my “second home” of Manchester.