Hair and beauty salon Annabelle’s wins the trophy in its first year of business

A business that opened only sixteen times just before the to start with coronavirus lockdown in March has obtained a consolation for a rough to start with yr of investing.

Boutique hair and natural beauty salon Annabelle’s gained the Bishop’s Stortford Xmas shop window competitors organised for the eleventh successive yr by Isabel Hospice.

Nicola Holmes and her ‘glam squad’ to start with opened their doorways in the former Higher Road premises of estate agent David Lee on March seven. The salon has because been shut more than it has been open up as a outcome of Covid-19 pandemic limits on personalized treatment companies.

Winner Annabelle's, the hair and beauty salon in High Street. Pic: Vikki Lince (43636665)
Winner Annabelle’s, the hair and natural beauty salon in Higher Road. Pic: Vikki Lince (43636665)

Annabelle’s – named after Nicola’s daughter – was just one of 28 shops and salons stretching from Northgate Conclusion to South Road that supported the competitors organised by Renee Good friend, the Isabel Hospice fundraising stalwart who chairs its Stortford supporters’ group. As a outcome, £320 was elevated.

Nicola reported: “I desired to design a window that would make little ones and adults smile as they handed, especially after a tough yr.

“The concept was a fairy princess with her carriage providing provides as a result of a forest with the help of her animal good friends.”

“When we were being operating in the salon and noticed little ones end, smile and say ‘Wow! Look, Mummy, it’s so really!’ it introduced pleasure to all of us.”

News of the acquire was greeted gleefully by Annabelle’s workers. “After such a tough yr, we were being thrilled and jumped up and down with excitement like little ones,” reported Nicola. “Let’s just say I experienced a few glasses of Prosecco to celebrate!”

The salon’s accomplishment means the trophy stays in Higher Road for a next yr after Trend Flooring & Interiors opposite gained the 2019 title.

Joint runners-up were being house interiors shops Carla’s Curios and Creations of Church Road and Lathams of North Road, with the 2017 and 2018 winner Barnes Flooring, of South Road, fourth.

Isabel Hospice Christmas shop window competition judges, from left, Gina Thomas (Bishop's Stortford BID manager), Katie Bradshaw (Coco's chocolaterie owner), Renee Friend (Isabel Hospice fundraiser) and Barbara Doherty (Isabel Hospice life president). Picture: Vikki Lince (43636673)
Isabel Hospice Xmas shop window competitors judges, from remaining, Gina Thomas (Bishop’s Stortford BID supervisor), Katie Bradshaw (Coco’s chocolaterie operator), Renee Good friend (Isabel Hospice fundraiser) and Barbara Doherty (Isabel Hospice lifetime president). Image: Vikki Lince (43636673)

The four judges were being Bishop’s Stortford BID (Business Enhancement District) supervisor Gina Thomas, Coco’s chocolaterie operator and former Liberty’s window dresser Katie Bradshaw, Isabel Hospice lifetime president Barbara Doherty and Renee Good friend.

“Superb assistance from our town vendors in our 10th anniversary yr, with imaginative and ground breaking window layouts,” reported Renee. “It can be encouraging that new businesses joined in this neighborhood occasion, bringing Xmas cheer to our town centre.

“Massive many thanks to all entrants and their generous donations, which elevated £320 in support of our nearby hospice, enabling our Isabel nurses to carry on to assistance clients and their family members locally and extending our treatment and assistance to Covid-19 clients and their family members all over east Hertfordshire in these tough moments.”