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The Muddy Awards 2016 are coming!

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Holy crap, they’re back!

I’m super-excited to tell you that the Muddy Stilettos Awards return on Weds 4 May for the fourth year. I can’t quite believe I am writing ‘fourth year’ about Muddy, I still feel like a springy newborn lamb, gambolling around all the cool places in Oxon and Bucks! But you know *sniff* I’ve actually been around quite a while now, and the Muddys are now established as the quality mark of lifestyle Awards in the region.

(I know, pass the hanky, I’m quite overcome.)

If you’re new to Muddy, you might not have come across the Muddy Stilettos Awards, but old stalwarts will tell you that they’re a fun, positive and thankfully pain-free way for readers to help their local plucky independent lifestyle businesses gain much-needed publicity. Category winners gain a coveted Muddy Award, exposure on the blog and local press, a massive love hug from thousands of readers and a rather boozy drinks party at Muddy HQ!

Awards 2015 winner drinks collage fotor

It doesn’t cost businesses a penny to enter the Awards, it’s superfast and easy for readers to vote and the finals are seen live on the blog with my natty cocktail glasses and their moving percentages, so (to channel Hot Chocolate) everyone’s a winner baby, that’s the truth!

There are 30 categories this year, including a couple of new ones – Best Local Producer (non-food – so think ‘makers’ whether it’s arts and crafts or a product), Best Indie Wine Shop, Best Book Store and Best Bakery. The full list of categories is:

Best… Art Gallery; Bakery; Bar; Beauty Salon; Book Shop; Boutique Hotel; Café; Casual Dining; Children’s Business; Complementary Therapy Centre; Day Spa; Deli; Destination Pub; Emporium; Family Attraction; Fitness Instructor; Florist; Large Hotel; Local Producer (food); Local Producer (non-food); Gift Shop; Hair Salon; Interiors; Jewellery Store; Independent Wine Shop; Mens’ Boutique; Restaurant; Theatre; Women’s Boutique; Yoga/Pilates Studio.

Pleasy pleasy please get behind the businesses that make a difference to your life, and make sure any of your friends or colleagues who are eligible to enter know about the Muddy Awards – the site will go live on the blog on the morning of Weds 4 May. In the initial round of voting, businesses can nominate themselves, and the Top 5 from each category will reach the Finals.

You ready? I’m ready! Let’s do this, people!

Find more ideas here

Muddy Awards

14 comments on “The Muddy Awards 2016 are coming!”

  • Sharon Ferris April 26, 2016

    LOVE , love, love Secret Messages Interiors for their friendlines style and qurkiness. If you ilke cutting edge design, something bespoke and original you must drop by. This shop is constantly evolving always fresh, new and interesting and likes to involve local community with fun competitions. As I said LOVE IT, gets my vote.

    • muddystiletto May 9, 2016

      Don’t we all Sharon, don’t we all! Vote for them here for it to count – the link will tkae you straight to the relevant category

      Hero x

    • Rachel June 5, 2016

      I would like to nominate a very dedicated beautician JOSEPHINE at Park Parade Hazlemere.She has dedicated herself for the past 24 years in building her business in a most professional yet personable way ! Well done Josephine .

  • Debra Rhodes April 26, 2016

    I would like to nominate HEH Interiors Ltd in Watlington.
    It is run by Harriet Holgate and myself, Debra Rhodes, as her assistant.

    The showroom offers a wonderful selection of unusual and quirky furniture, some bespoke cabinetry, some antique pieces, painted mirror finishes for wall panels, wardrobes or mirrored furniture pieces, all bespoke to the client. Also a selection of beautiful linen cushions and Christian Lacroix cushions, plus lots of lovely fabric books to select from and Farrow & Ball paint, to order.

    Harriet is an interior designer extraordinaire and has transformed many homes with her creative flair and experienced know-how. Available for full consultations which we can book for you at home or in the showroom.
    Come and visit us soon!

    • muddystiletto May 9, 2016

      Thanks Debra – I will! x

  • Jackie Ilott May 1, 2016

    BAKERGIRL in Bloxham is THE bakery with Artisan baked bread and pastries together with fabulous coffee and an atmosphere
    That enables everyone to relax and return again and again.

    • muddystiletto May 1, 2016

      Get on the Awards site on Wednesday and vote for them Jackie – I agree, they’re fantastic! x

  • Karen Down May 2, 2016

    The Eden Cafe in Witney – fantastic freshly prepared vegan, gluten free food and the best soy latte for miles. Staff are super friendly and knowledgeable about their cuisine. Fantastic place to either grab a takeaway coffee and relax over lunch.

  • Karen Down May 2, 2016

    Downdog + Crow in Woodstock – small, beautiful, boutique yoga studio in Woodstock, OXON. Wonderful teachers, creative workshops – a place to heal and grow.

    • muddystiletto May 2, 2016

      Good call Karen – there’s a Yoga/Pilates category in the Muddy AWards so you can definitely vote for them there from Wednesday x

  • Katherine May 9, 2016

    Kate Bennett’s Pilates studio in Cassington is amazing. She has a studio full of equipment and a lovely, professional fun approach to all things fitness. Had back problems for last 18 years until I found Kate and haven’t been to the chiropractor since. Lovely farm location too

  • Lizzy May 9, 2016

    Woodstock Pilates Studio. The owner teaches all of the classes and is a fully qualified mat and equipment instructor. Classes are the smallest I have ever found and Kate takes a maximum of four clients, less bums on mats and more amazing tailored individual instruction! I have been to dozens of Pilates classes over the years and without question Kate Bennett is the best!!!!

  • Meryl Ainslie May 14, 2016

    The wonderful Marco Polo Bakery, Wantage comes to our local market with delicious artisan breads – sour dough, light ryes and apple pies….Absolutely fantastic. Agatha brings the bread made by Peter, her baker husband, to the stall . It is always piled high, crisp and fresh. Most importantly it is served with a beautiful, friendly smile.


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