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Lights, camera, action – it’s the finals!

Who are the friends, and who'll keep on fighting 'til the end? Voting is open and runs until Fri 16 June


Welcome to the Finals of the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2017!



First of all, a heartfelt thank you to those of you who have been voting in 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!

Thank you so much to everyone who voted in the first round of the Awards – the response has been phenomenal, with literally thousands voting for the most unique, exciting, brilliant businesses in the area.

There are now 5 Finalists in each of the 27 categories. Please take a minute or two to vote in as many different categories as you can – winning a Muddy Award can make all the difference to a plucky local business.

You can vote once per category per email address. Please check your junk folder if your verification email doesn’t come through, it’s almost certainly sitting there!

The voting is seen live on the Awards site so you can see who is in the lead, and percentages will move as votes come in.

Voting ends at 12pm on Weds 14 June, and after the votes have been verified, winners will be formally announced on the blog on Thursday 15 June.

Thanks so much for supporting your favourite indie businesses in Northamptonshire, see you on the other side!

Vote HERE.

Thanks again




Billing Aquadrome

Canoe 2 (Rushden)

Grendon Lakes

Jubilee Farm (Astwell, Helmdon)

Love 2 Yurt, Limes Farm (Farthinghoe)


Family First (Northampton)

Hannah Hall photography (Corby)

KTs Photography (Brackley)

Welcome Photography (Wellingborough)

Wildgoose (Towcester)


Core Zone (Middleton Cheney)

Northants Pilates (NCCC, Northampton)

Ripple Effect Yoga (Northampton)

The Well Retreat (Brackley)

The Om Studio (Kingsthorpe)

Women’s store 

Binkys Boutique (Northampton)

Harringtons Hats (Woodnewton)

Heidi’s Boutique(Wellingborough)

Voni Blu (Northampton)

Wootton Village Boutique

Wine merchant

Amps fine wines (Oundle)

Brackley wines

Cadman fine wines (Castle Ashby)

New Lodge vineyard (Earls Barton)

The Wine Connection (Northampton)


Looking Glass Theatre (Northampton)

The Castle (Wellingborough)

The Core at Corby cube

The Lighthouse (Kettering)

The Royal & Derngate (Northampton)


Bread & Pullet (Northampton)

Les Olives (Northampton)

Nuovo (Northampton)

Sol Y Luna (Northampton)

Tap & Kitchen (Oundle)

Men’s store

Clues (Northampton)

Montague Jeffrey (Northampton)

Saint Crispin Bespoke Menswear (Northampton)

TS2 Menswear (Northampton)

Warwicks (Kettering/Northampton/Wellingborough)

Local Producer (Food/Drink)

Friars Farm

Donnalulu Cooks

Sweet Sensations by Sara

Butchers Block (Great Billing)

The Devine Bettys


Bonds (Northampton)

Michael Jones (Northampton)

St Gyles (Northampton)

Steffans (Northampton)

This or Die (Wellingborough)


15 Collingwood (Northampton)

A. Bell of Northampton

The Furniture Quarter (Northampton)

The Rounded House (Oundle)

Wildfox Home (Brackley)

Hair Salon

Barberella (Northampton)

Katie Louise Hair Salon (Northampton)

Minx Hair Salon (Northampton)

Seckingtons (Northampton)

The Bird Cage (Burton Latimer)

Gift Shop 

Alfies Ark (Heart of the shires)

Honeysuckle Hampers

Mooch (Northampton)

Peppertrees (Northampton)

Rose Crafts (Kettering)


Hocus Crocus (Hardingstone)

Jack Haddon (Northampton)

Pick a lily (Northampton)

Rockabilly Rose (Wellingborough)

With Love & Roses (Northampton)

Fitness Instructor 

Gemma Byron (Kettering)

Mark Lewis (Northampton)

Melissa Wilkins (Kettering)

Neil Irving – Chrysalis (Corby)

Running Mate (Wellingborough)

Family Attraction

Icarus Falconry (Holdenby)

Mini Meadows (Welford)

Riverside Hub (Northampton)

West Lodge Farm park (Desborough)

Wicksteed Park (Kettering)


Beckworth Emporium (Mears Ashby)

Scotch Lodge Farm Shop (Earls Barton)

Smiths Farm (Chapel Brampton)

St Giles cheese (Northampton)

The Italian Shop (Northampton)

Destination Pub 

The Lamplighter (Northampton)

The Olde England (Northampton)

The Tollemarche arms (Harrington)

The Wheatsheaf (Dallington)

The Red Lion (Yardley Hastings)

Day Spa 

Fawsley Hall

Grafton Spa (Potterspury)

Kettering Hotel

Manor Farm (Lamport)

Whittlebury Hall

Complementary therapy centre 

Inspired to Change (Thrapston)

Lavender Room reflexology (Wootton)

Sollus healthcare osteopathy (Northampton)

Steve Hunt reflexology (Northampton)

The Olive Tree (Brackley)

Children’s business 

All Events Childcare

Captain Neil’s Toy Chest (Wellingborough)

HappyHols (Wootton)

Kids stop (Northampton)

World of Wallcraft (Northampton)


Bread and Butter Factory (Northampton)

Dreams coffee lounge (Northampton)

Ground Craft Coffee (Northampton)

The Old Fire Station cafe (Brackley)

The Plump Partridge (Northampton)

Boutique stay 

Bay Tree cottage (Towcester)

Barton Hall (Kettering)

Brampton Grange (Northampton)

The French Partridge (Horton)

The Hopping Hare (Northampton)


Harrowden books (Finedon)

Old Hall Bookshop (Brackley)

Oundle Bookshop

The Booksmith (Weedon Bec)

Waterstones Northampton

Beauty Salon 

Beauty by Bonnie (Kettering)

Boutique Fifty One (Northampton)

Lisa Smith -Love nails (Northampton)

Pink Rose (Earls Barton)

Radiance therapy rooms (Northampton)


Aura (Kettering)

Corkers (Northampton)

Hopmaster General (Rushden)

John Franklins (Northampton)

The Saxon Tavern (Earls Barton)

Art gallery 

Forge 2 (Culworth)

NN Contemporary (Northampton)

RightAngle (Brackley)

Rose Gallery (Northampton)

Vitreus Art Gallery (Potterspury)

Anna-Lou x

4 comments on “Lights, camera, action – it’s the finals!”

  • Charlotte Barnes June 5, 2017

    Have been going to boutique fifty one for the past few years. Amazing talented girls and so friendly.

    • annaloudearden June 6, 2017

      A worthy finalist and no mistake. Thanks Charlotte.

  • Amanda burton June 6, 2017

    Childrens business
    All Events Childcare 100%.
    Amazing amazing amazing

    • annaloudearden June 7, 2017

      High praise indeed Amanda. The quality of this year’s finalists (across all 27 categories) is so very good. Good luck to everyone, and of course thanks for taking time to leave a comment. X


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