The Muddy Awards 2017: say hello to your finalists
After what will forever be known as 'mega-blip', voting in the finals will re-open very soon. Watch this space!
A BIG THANK YOU AND A HUGE SORRY
First of all, a heartfelt thank you to those of you who have been voting in the final round of the Awards. The scale of voting has been unprecedented – up to 400 votes per second, which is incredible!
We’ve been overwhelmed by the response, and unfortunately the site has too. This was totally unexpected but just goes to show how much the finalists are loved by their fans.
We’re so sorry that some of you have been experiencing difficulty voting. As a precaution we’ve closed the voting for now to make sure the site runs super-smoothly for you when it reopens.
We’ll update you regularly on social media and via the blog and give all businesses prior notice before the Awards restart.
The voting will continue from its current percentages when the site goes live again.
An enormous THANK YOU for your enthusiasm and patience. The Muddy Awards are totally FREE for businesses from start to finish and we run them as a positive, affirming celebration of brilliant indies. Bear with us, we’ll have the site working, readers voting and 27 worthy winners before you know it!
WOWSER! Forget the election, there has been an epic counting sesh here at Muddy Devon HQ, to work out who the Finalists in this year’s Muddy Stilettos Awards are, but *drumroll* we have our shortlist – 133 businesses in 27 categories, all vying for your love!
There are loads of BRILLIANT Devon businesses to vote for and they are already throwing everything at it, which makes it so exciting!
Thank you to those of you who voted already – you totally broke the Internet, (you really did!) – and for the many businesses involved, I’m sad that only five can go through to the final round in each category. If you didn’t make it through, then I hope 2018 is your year.
Anyway, check out all the finalists below and make sure you go and visit them – after you’ve voted!
BEST ART GALLERY: Laura Wall (Teignmouth), Artizan Gallery (Torquay), Brownston Gallery (Modbury) & White Space Art (Totnes).
BEST BAR: The Ancient Mariner at the Bath Hotel (Lynmouth), Liberty Tea Parlour & Cocktail Bar (Brixham), The Book Cover (Exeter), The Treasury (Plymouth).
BEST BEAUTY SALON: Abbey Heywood Health & Beauty (Torquay), Bliss Hair & Beauty Salon (Brixham), Five Cedars Health & Beauty (Tiverton), Fox House Retreat (Plymouth) & Stephanies Beauty Salon (Brixham).
BEST BOOKSHOP: Walter Henry’s Bookshop (Bideford), Torbay Bookshop (Paignton), The Curious Otter Bookshop (Ottery St Mary), Ilfracombe Bookshop (Ilfracombe) & Dartmouth Bookseller (Dartmouth).
BEST BOUTIQUE STAY: Cliff House (Torcross), Glazebrook House (South Brent), The Habit Boutique Rooms (Ilfracombe), The Old Rectory Hotel (Martinhoe) & Yarner House (Bovey Tracey).
BEST CAFE: The Coffee Cabin (Appledore), The Curious Kitchen (Brixham), Home Farm Cafe (Bovey Tracey), The Mess Room (Plymouth) & The Clock Tower Cafe (Sidmouth).
BEST CHILDREN’S BUSINESS: Fox & Tootsie (Newton Abbot), The Kidz & Co Soft Play Cafe (Salcombe), Little You (Barnstaple), Rosa Tamsin & Rosebuds Play Sessions (Bideford) & The Cotton Tree (Ilfracombe).
BEST COMPLEMENTARY THERAPY CENTRE: Emma Doherty Massage Therapist (Great Torrington), Hands On Floatation and Treatment Centre (Braunton), Sidmouth Chiropractic & Natural Therapy Centre (Sidmouth), The Barbican Therapy Centre (Plymouth) & SaltwaterGaia Healing & Massage Therapies (Braunton).
BEST DAY SPA: Gaia Spa at Boringdon (Plymouth), Vspa (Paignton), Willow Wellbeing (Torquay), Hartland House Spa (Hartland) & Salcombe Harbour Hotel Spa (Salcombe).
BEST DESTINATION PUB: The Swan (Bampton), The Ship Inn (Noss Mayo), The Thatch (Ilfracombe), The Treby Arms (Sparkwell) & Victoria Inn (Salcombe).
BEST FAMILY ATTRACTION: The Milky Way Adventure Park (Clovelly), Dartmoor Zoo (Sparkwell), The Bear Trail (Cullompton), Ultimate Adventure Centre (Bideford) & Pecorama (Beer).
BEST FARMSHOP/DELI: The Ginger Cat Deli (Exminster), The Deli (Ilfracombe), Darts Farm (Topsham), Johns Deli (Instow) & The West Country Deli (Brixham).
BEST FITNESS INSTRUCTOR: Tanja Foy, Teign Fitness Boutique (Newton Abbot), Mark Smith Total Fitness & Health (Plymouth), Jo Walker, Studio 20 Fitness Centre (Ilfracombe), Mandi J Cox, Swagga Fit (Exeter) & Claire Morgan-Hughes, Devon Fit Camp (Ivybridge).
BEST FLORIST: Hannah Burnett Floristry (Plymouth), Hollyhocks (Newton Abbot), Honeybee Floral Art (Great Torrington), Offshore Blooms (Braunton) & Wild Floral Designs (Torquay).
BEST GIFT SHOP: Heart of Torbay (Torquay), Insideout (Tavistock/Exeter), Josie’s (Bideford), Juul at Home (Ilfracombe) & Lulubelle (Brixham).
BEST GLAMPING: Yonder Meadow (nr Exeter), Ocean Pitch (Croyde), Treyhill Farm (Westleigh, Nr Bideford), Koa Tree Camp (Welcombe, nr Bideford) & Longlands (Combe Martin).
BEST HAIR SALON: A Salon Called Fish (Ivybridge), Coast Hair Design (Paignton), Hairdressing By Lisa (Newton Abbot), The Lounge Hair & Beauty (Plymouth), & David & David Hair Salon (Plymouth).
BEST INTERIORS STORE: Josie’s (Bideford), Tooth & Claw (Brixham), Holly Keeling Interiors (Totnes), Sophie Louisa Interiors (Exeter) & Juul at Home (Ilfracombe).
BEST JEWELLERY STORE: Ashore Jewellery & Gifts (Bideford), Drakes Jewellers (Plymouth), Nicola Hurst Designer Jewellery (Plymouth), Wanderlust Life (Croyde) & One & Eight (Totnes).
BEST LOCAL PRODUCER (FOOD AND DRINK): The Greedy Fox Seasonings (Plymouth), Wicked Wolf Gin (Brendon, Exmoor), Hiron & Son’s Artisan Butchers (Bideford), Olly Lolly Ice Lollies (Plymouth) & Owen’s Coffee (Modbury).
BEST MEN’S STORE: Dukes (Exeter), Fifty5A (Totnes), SW1 Menswear (Plymouth), Jack Wills (Salcombe) & Bibi & Mac (Salcombe).
BEST PHOTOGRAPHER: Claire Tregaskis Photography (Ivybridge), Shield Drone Services (Plymouth), Shot By Rob (Torquay), Mimosa Photography (Teignmouth) & Jenny South Photography (Plymouth).
BEST RESTAURANT: Pattard Kitchen (Hartland), The Treby Arms (Sparkwell), Kuku (Plymouth), Wild Artichokes (Kingsbridge) & Glazebrook House (South Brent).
BEST THEATRE: Stiltskin’s Soapbox Children’s Theatre (Plymouth), Theatre Royal (Plymouth), Plough Arts Centre (Great Torrington), Princess Theatre (Torquay) & The Bike Shed Theatre (Exeter).
BEST WINE MERCHANT: Ben’s Wine & Tapas (Totnes), Steevenson Wines (Tavistock), Christopher Piper Wines (Ottery St Mary), Dartmouth Wine Company (Dartmouth) & Le Vignoble (Plymouth).
BEST WOMEN’S STORE: Donna Flower Vintage (Barnstaple), Chocolate (Bideford), Lorna Ruby (Exeter), Bibi & Mac (Salcombe) & Busby & Fox (Kingsbridge).
BEST YOGA/PILATES STUDIO: Ashtanga Yoga Plymouth (Plymouth), Kelley’s Pilates Studio (Paignton), Adele’s Pilates (Exeter), Pure Pilates (Barnstaple) & Seagrass Studio (Braunton).
If your name is listed above, congratulations! So what next?
- Please let me know ASAP if any of your names are spelt incorrectly or if any of the locations are wrong – winners get certificates and window stickers and I would hate to mess it up.
- We will then enter round 2 of the awards, which runs from midday on Weds 7 – 14 June. Voters can choose their favourites from the five finalists in each category and you will be able to watch the votes tot up live on the website – that’s the exciting bit! You’ve only got a week at this point to make it through, so you’ll need to keep up the good work through social media, etc. I’ll email you some marketing tools and tips for your over the next 24hrs. If you don’t hear from me – do email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Once we hit midday on 14 June, you’ll be able to see who has won – we will also email the winners directly.
- Then, it’s party time (yay!). Info on the winners drinks event to follow.
Over and out, for now.
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