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

A business that opened only 16 days in advance of the initial coronavirus lockdown in March has acquired a consolation for a hard initial year of trading.

Boutique hair and beauty salon Annabelle’s gained the Bishop’s Stortford Xmas shop window level of competition organised for the eleventh successive year by Isabel Hospice.

Nicola Holmes and her ‘glam squad’ initial opened their doors in the previous Large Street premises of estate agent David Lee on March 7. The salon has considering that been shut much more than it has been open as a result of Covid-19 pandemic limitations on personal care solutions.

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

Annabelle’s – named right after Nicola’s daughter – was a person of 28 stores and salons stretching from Northgate Close to South Street that supported the level of competition organised by Renee Friend, the Isabel Hospice fundraising stalwart who chairs its Stortford supporters’ team. As a result, £320 was elevated.

Nicola reported: “I required to design and style a window that would make young children and older people smile as they handed, especially right after a complicated year.

“The topic was a fairy princess with her carriage delivering offers as a result of a forest with the aid of her animal close friends.”

“When we were doing the job in the salon and observed young children end, smile and say ‘Wow! Search, Mummy, it’s so very!’ it introduced enjoyment to all of us.”

News of the earn was greeted gleefully by Annabelle’s team. “Right after this sort of a complicated year, we were thrilled and jumped up and down with pleasure like young children,” reported Nicola. “Let us just say I experienced a handful of glasses of Prosecco to rejoice!”

The salon’s achievements means the trophy stays in Large Street for a 2nd year right after Style Flooring & Interiors reverse gained the 2019 title.

Joint runners-up were residence interiors stores Carla’s Curios and Creations of Church Street and Lathams of North Street, with the 2017 and 2018 winner Barnes Flooring, of South Street, 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 level of competition judges, from remaining, Gina Thomas (Bishop’s Stortford BID supervisor), Katie Bradshaw (Coco’s chocolaterie proprietor), Renee Friend (Isabel Hospice fundraiser) and Barbara Doherty (Isabel Hospice everyday living president). Image: Vikki Lince (43636673)

The 4 judges were Bishop’s Stortford BID (Business Improvement District) supervisor Gina Thomas, Coco’s chocolaterie proprietor and previous Liberty’s window dresser Katie Bradshaw, Isabel Hospice everyday living president Barbara Doherty and Renee Friend.

“Great support from our city stores in our tenth anniversary year, with imaginative and revolutionary window layouts,” reported Renee. “It can be encouraging that new corporations joined in this neighborhood party, bringing Xmas cheer to our city centre.

“Huge many thanks to all entrants and their generous donations, which elevated £320 in assist of our local hospice, enabling our Isabel nurses to keep on to support people and their people locally and extending our care and support to Covid-19 people and their people throughout east Hertfordshire in these complicated situations.”