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Meet The Muddy Awards 2019 Finalists!

First of all, a massive thank you to everyone who has taken part so far in the Muddy Stiletto Awards this year – we’ve seen an incredible rise of 100 per cent of readers nominating on the Awards compared to last year, so you’re clearly in love with local too!

I’m always a bit conflicted at this point in the Awards.

It’s super-fun to discover cool indie businesses, and see which village or town is having its ‘moment’ – Basingstoke, looks like it’s you this year! And I love telling the excited Finalists they’ve made it through. But there are so many incredible businesses whose journey stops today (though get in touch if you think we should be featuring you anyway – I’m all ears!).

The Finals start and voting opens on Wednesday 15 May at 9amThey come and go in just 7 days, so if you love a local business and want to give it a pat on the back, head to the Awards site and do your bit before it slips your mind (yeah, I know what you’re like) because the Finalist with the most votes will be crowned Winner.

Right, that’s enough from me! Time to meet the Finalists. Who gets your vote?



Art Gallery: Seaview Art Gallery (Seaview); Southampton City Art Gallery; The Frame (Odiham); Coastal Gallery (Lymington); THAT Gallery (Basingstoke)

Bar: Incognito (Winchester); The Tea Bar (Basingstoke); The Waterfront (Totland); The Cabinet Rooms (Winchester); Mermaid Bar (Isle of Wight)

Boutique Stay: Spot In The Woods; Tom’s Eco Lodges; Escape & Retreat at Frenches Farm (Andover); Sibbecks Farm Glamping; The Pig in the Forest (Brockenhurst)

Beauty Salon: Peekaboo (Petersfield); Ta Da! Beauty (Hartley Witney); The Beauty Rooms (Basingstoke); Nourish Beauty (Basingstoke); Seaview Beauty Clinic (Seaview)

Bookshop: October Books (Southampton); Fordingbridge Bookshop; Mrs Middletons (Freshwater); One Tree Books (Petersfield); The Book Shop (Lee on The Solent)

Café: Austen’s Cafe (Alton); Bob-i-Tea Boo (Basingstoke); Parlour Tearoom (Basingstoke); Lily’s of Wickham; Freshwater Coffee House (Freshwater)

Children’s Business: Perfectly Potty (Winchester); Pyjama Drama (Southampton); Tot Cross Buns (Basingstoke); Sleepy Teepee Party (Basingstoke); The Cookin’ Kidz (Whiteley)

Day Spa: Alinas Holistic Clinic (Blacknest); Senspa (Careys Manor); Herb House Spa (Limewood); The Park Spa (Warbrook); Chewton Glen Spa

Farm Shop/Deli: Wellington Farm Shop; Newlyns (Hook); Briddlesford Farm; Ferndean Farm Shop (New Milton); Weyhill Farm Shop

Destination Pub: Watership Down Inn (Freefolk); The Wellington Arms (Stratfield Turgis); The George (Alton); Phoenix Inn (Hartley Witney); Greyhound on the Test (Stockbridge)

Family Attraction: Hollycombe Steam in the Country (Liphook); New Forest Activities; Solskate Roller Disco (Fareham); Finkley Down Farm (Andover); Tapnell Farm (Isle of Wight)

Fitness Instructor: Choreofit with Jenna Perkins (Basingstoke); Tessa Fanshawe (Petersfield); Selina Waissen (Basingstoke); Karen Davis Fitness (Lymington); Lulu’s Fitness (Isle of Wight)

Local Food/Drink Producer: Beres and Beres (Basingstoke); The Borneo Pantry (Isle of Wight); Isle of Wight Distillery; The Whimsical Kitchen (Southampton); Wessex Spirits (Andover)

Florist: Rabbit & the Rose (Basingstoke); Moutan (Odiham); The Lavender Room (Sherborne St John); Janet Mary Floral Design (Andover); Sarah Guild Floral Design (Southampton)

Gift Shop: The Overton Gallery (Overton); Whistle and Hound (Freshwater); The Owl & The Pussycat (Stockbridge); Mimis, (Hartley Witney); Qwirky Women (Alton)

Hair Salon: Salon 73 (Andover); The Salon (Sherfield on Loddon); Just Teasing (Andover); HairAFFAIR (Basingstoke); Georgette McCarthy Hair (Hartley Witney)

Interiors Store: La di Da (Andover); No 64 Biscuit House (Milford-on-Sea); Renaissance Interiors (Hartley Witney); Revive Interiors (Portsmouth); Track 21 (Southampton)

Jewellery: Charles Nobel (New Milton); Hampshire School of Jewellery (Winchester); Jewellery Moves (Andover); Little Fingers n Toes (Warsash); Sofia’s Sweet Simplicity (Basingstoke)

Newcomer: Betty Loves (Hook); Perfect Plaits (Basingstoke); Scrumptious Bakes by Emma (Herriad); Teagether (Old Basing); Whistle & Hound (Freshwater)

Photographer: Thursday’s Child (Southampton); Baby Love Photography (Fleet); Helen Hoffman Photography (Fleet); Nadja Litau (Southampton); Sarah Dutton (Whitchurch)

Restaurant: The Cliff House (Barton on Sea); 36 on the Quay (Emsworth); Dhaba59 (Southampton); Rivaaz (Lymington); Greedo (Lymington)

Theatre/Arts Venue: StormCloud Arts & Theatre (Winchester); The Anvil (Basingstoke); The Mayflower (Southampton); The Lights (Andover); The Shanklin Theatre

Women’s Fashion Store: Solo Mia; Liz and Fitz (Winchester); Sass & Edge (Winchester); Velvet & Rose (Petersfield); House of Gallet (Winchester)

Yoga/Pilates Instructor: Amy Kellow (Everybody Pilates Southsea); Liz Dodd (Yoga Bellies, Chandlers Ford); Imogen Redman Pilates (Andover); Penelope Davies (YOGA with Penny Davies); Priya Tew (Pilates with Priya, Southampton)


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