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Meet the Muddy Awards Finalists!

Thousands of you voted for your favourite local businesses in the first round of this year's Awards. Want to see who made it through to the Finals? (OK, that's a stupid question).

First of all, a massive thank you to everyone who has taken part so far in the Muddy Stilettos Awards this year – we’ve seen an incredible rise of 100% of readers nominating in 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’  – it’s great to see so many Beds businesses in the finals, having welcomed the county to the Muddy family at the beginning of 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 if you think we should be featuring you anyway, I’m all ears, so please get in touch!).

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: The Art Nest (Hitchin, Herts); The Workhouse (Dunstable, Beds); Nude Tin Can (St Albans, Herts); Arkley Fine Art (Hitchin, Herts); Golden Hare (Maulden, Beds)

Bar: The Hide Bar and Lounge (Ampthill, Beds); Hermitage Road Bar (Hitchin, Herts); The Loft (Shefford, Beds); The Wee Vinoteca (Hitchin, Herts); Bears & Tales (Bedford, Beds)

Beauty salon: Elysian (Knebworth, Herts); Dollie Mixtures (Hitchin, Herts); Pebble Beauty Sanctuary (Hitchin, Herts); RoseShed Beauty (Bedford, Beds); Serenity (Potters Bar, Herts)

Bookshop: Chorleywood Bookshop (Herts); Leaf Bookshop & Cafe (Hertford, Herts); The Book Nook Bookshop & Tearoom (Ware, Herts); David’s Bookshop, Music & Café (Letchworth, Herts); Rogan’s Books (Bedford, Beds)

Boutique stay: D’Parys (Bedford, Beds); Number One Port Hill (Hertford, Herts); The White Horse (Hertingfordbury, Herts); Bethnal & Bec (Buntingford, Herts)

Café: Black Goo (Tring, Herts); Chia Naturally Healthy (Hitchin, Herts); Vanilla Tree (Bedford, Beds); Fussey & Baer (Hitchin, Herts); The Enchanted Tea Rooms (St Albans, Herts)

Children’s business: Mini Mench (Hitchin, Herts); Tutti Frutti Clothing (Herts); 2 Little Legs (Herts); The Secret Garden (Hitchin, Herts); Squidge & Smudge (Hemel Hempstead, Herts)

Day spa: Y Spa, Wyboston Lakes (Beds); The Signature Spa (Bishops Stortford, Herts); Cecily Day Spa (Berkhamsted, Herts); Aqua Sana, Woburn Forest (Beds); The Spa Odyssey (Knebworth, Herts)

Farm shop/deli: PE Mead & Sons Farm Shop (Tring, Herts); The Fleetville Larder (St Albans, Herts); Pearce’s Farm Shop (Buntingford, Herts); Dolly’s Barn (Maulden, Beds); The Little Deli (Hitchin, Herts)

Destination pub: The Red Lion at Milton Bryan (Beds); Great Northern Pub & Kitchen (St Albans, Herts); Black Horse (Brent Pelham, Herts); The Alford Arms (Frithsden, Herts); The Fox and Hounds (Hunsdon, Herts)

Fitness instructor: Nicky Harding, The Fitness Room (Ware, Herts); Emma Welbourn, Bodyblitz Berkhamsted (Herts); Carlie Dedman, Fitness by Carlie (Stanstead Abbotts, Herts); Julie Holl, The Happy Body Project (Bedford, Beds); Ana Rodriquez (Hertford and Ware, Herts)

Family attraction: Stockwood Discovery Centre (Luton, Beds); Rushmere Country Park (Leighton Buzzard, Beds); Natural History Museum at Tring (Herts); Standalone Farm (Letchworth, Herts); ZSL Whipsnade Zoo (Dunstable, Beds)

Florist: Edlesborough Flowers (Dunstable, Beds); Apple Blossom Flowers (Berkhamsted, Herts); The Flower Bee (Stofold, Beds); Sarah Maylin Flowers (Hitchin, Herts); Maples Flowers (Hemel Hempstead, Herts)

Gift shop: Threads of Harpenden (Herts); Raindrops on Roses (St Albans, Herts); Vintage Bay (Hitchin, Herts); épanoui (Bedford, Beds); No. 14 Ampthill (Beds)

Local food/drink producer: Campfire Gin, Puddingstone Distillery (Tring, Herts); Yvette’s Chocolates (Berkhamsted, Herts); Akey Bakey (Apsley Guise, Beds); Mrs Middleton’s (Luton, Beds); Fabio’s Gelato (Hitchin, Herts)

Hair salon: The Salon St Albans (Herts); Open Hairdressing (Hemel Hempstead, Herts); Gorgeous Hairdressing (Berkhamsted, Herts); Johnson Blythe Hairdressing (Hertford, Herts); Salon Bon Bon (Hitchin, Herts)

Interiors store: The White House (Leighton Buzzard, Beds); Returned to Glory (Berkhamsted, Herts); Absolutely ShabbyLass (Ampthill, Beds); Soden Style (Berkhamsted, Herts); Cositas (St Albans, Herts)

Jewellery store: WILDE (Hitchin, Herts); Kysam Jewellery (Ampthill, Beds); Maggie J (Tring, Herts); MonAvart (Bedford, Beds); Rachel Jeffrey Contemporary Jeweller (Wheathampstead, Herts)

Restaurant: Paris House (Woburn, Beds); Per Tutti (St Albans, Herts); Los Reyes (Hitchin, Herts); The Barley Club (Baldock, Herts); Olivier’s at The Woburn Hotel (Beds)

Theatre/arts venue: Vyne Theatre & Dance Academy (Berkhamsted, Herts); Hertford Theatre (Herts); Broadway Cinema and Theatre (Letchworth, Herts); The Quarry Theatre at St Lukes (Bedford, Beds); The Rex Cinema (Berkhamsted, Herts)

Photographer: AD Photography (Beds); Joan Jellett (Herts); Lorna Newman Wedding Photography (Biggleswade, Beds); Lucy Noble Photography (Watford, Herts); Sharon Cooper (Hitchin, Herts)

Women’s fashion store: Chloe James Lifestyle (St Albans, Herts); Gingerlillie Boutique (Hertford, Herts); The Women’s Society Boutique (Hertford, Herts); Lolly and Mitch (Tring, Herts); Rubarb (Hitchin, Herts)

Yoga/Pilates instructor: Julia Wheeler, Studio Vie (Herts); Hilary Tucker, Hilary’s Pilates (Herts); Karen-anne Fisher, Beacon Pilates (Herts); Sarah Jerrom, NuYou Pilates (Herts); Jane Oppegaard, Divine Yoga (Arlesey, Beds)

Newcomer: The Little Brownie Company (Wootton, Beds); The Wigginton Village Shop and Café (near Tring, Herts); The Wee Vinoteca (Hitchin, Herts); Nica’s Cupcakes (Bedford); GCC Artworks (Leighton Buzzard)

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4 comments on “Meet the Muddy Awards Finalists!”

  • Erika Schneider May 14, 2019

    Thrilled to be in the finals !! Some stiff competition ! Congrats to all the finalists !! Erika , Lolly and Mitch

  • Judit Charman May 14, 2019

    Absolutely thrilled to be in the finals!! Amazing local businesses!! Congratulations everyone!! Judit – Squidge & Smudge xx

  • Rohan Wedge May 14, 2019

    So pleased to see Sharon Cooper up for best photographer! She did our wedding and was Awesome!

  • Jo Freeman May 15, 2019

    Absolutely delighted to be finalists – and to recognise so many local businesses on the list! Good luck everyone! Jo @ Paris House x


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