A business that opened only sixteen days ahead of the 1st coronavirus lockdown in March has gained a consolation for a difficult 1st yr of investing.

Boutique hair and magnificence salon Annabelle’s won the Bishop’s Stortford Xmas shop window competition organised for the 11th successive yr by Isabel Hospice.

Nicola Holmes and her ‘glam squad’ 1st opened their doorways in the previous Substantial Road premises of estate agent David Lee on March seven. The salon has because been shut far more than it has been open as a end result of Covid-19 pandemic limits on own treatment services.

Winner Annabelle’s, the hair and magnificence salon in Substantial Road. Pic: Vikki Lince (43636665)

Annabelle’s – named immediately after Nicola’s daughter – was 1 of 28 retailers and salons stretching from Northgate Conclusion to South Road that supported the competition organised by Renee Pal, the Isabel Hospice fundraising stalwart who chairs its Stortford supporters’ group. As a end result, £320 was raised.

Nicola mentioned: “I needed to style and design a window that would make young children and adults smile as they handed, specially immediately after a difficult yr.

“The concept was a fairy princess with her carriage providing provides through a forest with the assist of her animal friends.”

“When we were being operating in the salon and noticed young children halt, smile and say ‘Wow! Seem, Mummy, it’s so rather!’ it brought enjoyment to all of us.”

News of the acquire was greeted gleefully by Annabelle’s staff. “Just after such a difficult yr, we were being thrilled and jumped up and down with exhilaration like young children,” mentioned Nicola. “Let’s just say I had a couple of eyeglasses of Prosecco to celebrate!”

The salon’s achievements implies the trophy stays in Substantial Road for a next yr immediately after Fashion Flooring & Interiors reverse won the 2019 title.

Joint runners-up were being house interiors retailers Carla’s Curios and Creations of Church Road and Lathams of North Road, with the 2017 and 2018 winner Barnes Flooring, of South Road, 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 competition judges, from remaining, Gina Thomas (Bishop’s Stortford BID manager), Katie Bradshaw (Coco’s chocolaterie proprietor), Renee Pal (Isabel Hospice fundraiser) and Barbara Doherty (Isabel Hospice daily life president). Picture: Vikki Lince (43636673)

The four judges were being Bishop’s Stortford BID (Business Enhancement District) manager Gina Thomas, Coco’s chocolaterie proprietor and previous Liberty’s window dresser Katie Bradshaw, Isabel Hospice daily life president Barbara Doherty and Renee Pal.

“Amazing assistance from our town shops in our 10th anniversary yr, with imaginative and ground breaking window styles,” mentioned Renee. “It truly is encouraging that new enterprises joined in this local community event, bringing Xmas cheer to our town centre.

“Monumental many thanks to all entrants and their generous donations, which raised £320 in help of our area hospice, enabling our Isabel nurses to go on to assistance patients and their people locally and extending our treatment and assistance to Covid-19 patients and their people during east Hertfordshire in these difficult occasions.”