Chic Boutique (top right) and Sauce and Brown (top left) have been crowned joint winners in the Christmas Shop Window competition being hosted in Kirkby following a huge response from businesses in both the town centre and surrounding area.
Dozens of the town’s businesses took part in the competition organised by Kirkby Christmas Festival team, in association with Mansfield and Ashfield 2020.
The competition was aimed at promoting Kirkby Town Centre and its businesses, encouraging community spirit, increasing footfall and customer spend.
The difficult job of judging was undertaken by representatives from Kirkby Rotary Club, Kirkby Churches Together and Ashfield District Council on Thursday 8 December, the night before Kirkby’s successful Christmas Festival.
With criteria based on use of materials, use of coloured lights and overall impact, a tie for the first prize proved the only option.
“Since doing the window this year, we have had many people, young and old, popping in just to say how much they love our window” said Andrew Frogson of Sauce and Brown. “We also had a lady come in who said that the window brought her a small piece of happiness.”
Natalie Wadley and Dawn Evans, co-owners of Chic Boutique echoed Andrew: “We’re thrilled to have been chosen as one of the winners. This competition has been really good for business and it’s been so nice to see everyone making an effort and come together to make Kirkby look festive at Christmas time.”
The other four finalists to receive prizes were The Artful Buttoner, Brisco Chemist, Ribbons Tea Room and Lacey’s Beauty Bar.
Amazing prizes were generously donated by Boots, Morrisons, Wetherspoons, The Badger Box, Co-Op Funeral Care and the Festival Hall Leisure Centre.
Councillor Don Davis, Deputy Leader of Ashfield District Council, said: “It’s amazing to see the response we’ve had from all the traders; their efforts have clearly enhanced the festive spirit of this important retail period.
“I would like to thank all the shops who entered the competition and went the extra mile to decorate their shops and also the judges for giving up their time to decide on the winners”.
Councillor Davis continued: “Kirkby’s retail landscape is continuing to improve with the town centre now offering everything residents and visitors need for Christmas”.
Lacey's Beauty Bar
Ribbon's Tea Room