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Leading lifestyle blog reveals 85 gift & greetings finalists in Muddy Stilettos Awards

THERE’S just over a day to go for voting in the Muddy Stilettos awards where gifts and greetings shops in 19 counties are vying to come out on top having been nominated by customers.

Retailers of all shapes and sizes have been picked as finalists in the Best Gift Shop category, including Norfolk’s Mitographie, who only opened three months ago, Greetings Today columnists White Mint in Herts, Set in Leicester, Swalk from Sussex, and The Lemon Tree small chain in Surrey.
The leading lifestyle website and blog for women outside London, Muddy Stilettos have more than 200,000 subscribers and a social media following of over 85,000 across 19 counties and their annual awards champion the very best local independent businesses.
Keeping it local, each county website has 24 categories where businesses were nominated by the public between April 23 and May 6, then the top five finalists were picked for each section and voting opened on Monday, May 14, closing tomorrow afternoon, Friday, May 18.
In addition to the Best Gift Shop in each county, the categories include Best Bookshop and Best Art Gallery, and the winners receive a gold window rosette and certificate, a digital website rosette, publicity on the Muddy Stilettos website, and the chance to network at their county’s awards drinks.
Awarded Top 8 Arts & Culture Blogs 2017 as well as the winner of Most Innovative Blog In Rhe UK, Muddy Stilettos has grown from a solo blog in Bucks and Oxon by ex Red, Marie Claire and Independent On Sunday journalist Hero Brown to an 19-county enterprise, acting as the ultimate “urban guide to the countryside” for intelligent fun-loving women outside London.
Hero’s philosophy of an uncompromising commitment to independence, quality and high editorial standards lies at the heart of Muddy Stilettos, and the same principle runs through the awards.
She said: “Our desire is to find and celebrate the most genuinely brilliant, unique, quirky, exciting businesses in the area. Our category structure of 24 lifestyle businesses means that small plucky companies that often fall through the cracks of other competitions are given their chance to shine.”
The full list of Best Gift Shop finalists is below, and to vote go to, pick your county in the drop-down menu top right, and click on the awards panel.

Muddy Stilettos Best Gift Shop finalists 2018

Craft Coop, Maidenhead
The Corner Shop, Woolhampton)
The Handmade Craft Co, Wokingham
Tinkers, Bracknell
Pisces Glass Creations, Warfield

From, Thame
Loft, Woodstock
Burford Garden Company, Burford
Big Sky, Great Missenden
White Hart Studio, Haddenham

Beautiful Swagger, St Neots
Crafty Ideas, Ramsey
Gift It 2, Huntingdon
PositivEly Treated, Ely
Walnut Tree Designs, Huntingdon

Winifred & Mabel, Wadebridge
Atishoo Gallery, Charlestown
The Craft Collective, Redruth
Morva, Marazion
The Crabb Pot, Looe

Daisy Park, South Molton
Josie’s, Bideford
Me And East, Totnes
Olivia James, Crediton
The Beehive, Tavistock

Cotswold Galleria, Cheltenham
Made In Stroud, Stroud
Made in Venezuela, Stroud
Meggie’s, Stow-on-the-Wold
Moot, Coleford

Alresford Linen Company Co
Eliza Rose, Wickham
Overton Gallery
Alison’s Wonderland, Basingstoke
The Artizans, Overton

White Mint, Berkhamsted
Raindrops On Roses, St Albans
Vintage Bay, Hitchin
Eye Mind Heart, Hertford
Number 20, Berkhamsted

The English Beagle, Tonbridge
Happy & Glorious, Cranbrook
Little Blue Finch, Tonbridge
Love Inc, Tunbridge Wells,
The Secret Garden, Borough Green

Marmalade Meringue, Hinckley
Nest, Leicester
Filigree Heart, Birstall
Lolawood, Uppingham
Set, Leicester

Our Slice Of Country Life, Diss
Barefoot Living, Burnham Market
Leslie Terrance Home Gift & Garden, Norwich
Norwich Gift Emporium
Mitographie, Holt

Woolaston Home & Crafts
Wax And Melt, Woolaston
Bee’s Cottage
Mooch, Northampton
Mrs Lupin Creates, Desborough

Article, Bath
Designs By Seed, Frome
Figgins, Frome
French Grey, Bath
Midgley Green, Clevedon

Bluebell 33, Weybridge
Lemonade Lane, Redhill
The Lemon Tree (5 shops)
The Sleepy Owl
Two Ducks, Woking

Indigo, Hassocks
Mum’s Back
Park Fair Emporium, Battle
Present In The Laines, Brighton
Swalk, Lindfield

Farringdon & Forbes, Stratford-Upon-Avon
Smithery, Warwick
Neon Beach Club, Stratford-Upon-Avon
Sassy Giraffe, Nuneaton
Twinings Home Fragrance, Rugby

The Bay Tree, Devizes
The Bay Tree, Chippenham
By The Way, Bradford On Avon
No 59, Devizes
Paprika, Chippenham

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