Celebrations are in order for three Salisbury businesses who beat thousands of hopefuls to win Muddy Stiletto Awards. Fisherton Mill Café, Salisbury Playhouse, and OSOboutique have all been recognised as local business champions.
The Muddy Awards 2021, organised by countryside guide Muddy Stilettos, have been the biggest yet. 75,000 businesses were nominated and 750,000 votes were cast across the country.
Salisbury businesses went up against others in the Wiltshire area with OSOboutique named Best Women’s Fashion Store in the county.
Co-owner, Jan Ashton, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to win this award and to know that so many of our wonderful customers took the time to vote for us.
“We would like to say a big thank you to you all for your continued and valued support.”
Another independent business to come out on top was Fisherton Mill. The Salisbury gallery and café was nominated in three categories, winning the prize for Best Café.
Owner, Deborah Fox said: “Achieving this is such a boost to our wonderful team who have all been amazing throughout the upheavals and uncertainties that the Virus has brought upon us.
“This award comes at a great time to reflect on all the hard work that has gone into keeping our lovely Gallery Café going during these very challenging times and we look forward to developing the business further and serving you even more amazing dishes and cakes over the coming months.”
Salisbury Playhouse was named Best Arts/Theatre Venue at the awards.
Helen Taylor, External Relations Director for Wiltshire Creative said: “At Wiltshire Creative, we are over the moon that Salisbury Playhouse has received Best Arts/Theatre Venue in Wiltshire as well as Salisbury Arts Centre being shortlisted in the finals for Best Art Gallery.
“After a tumultuous 18 months full of so much uncertainty, we are so grateful that our audiences have voted for us in these awards. We cannot wait to welcome everyone back to Salisbury Arts Centre during August for free live family shows every Saturday, and back into the Playhouse in September for our jam-packed Autumn Season.”
Robin McGowan, Chief Executive of Salisbury BID, commented: “These Muddy Award wins are fantastic news for Salisbury. Our three local winners show the high standard of business we have in the city centre and we are very proud of their achievements. Salisbury has shown its resilience through a pandemic and our businesses deserve recognition.
“Thank you to everyone who has supported Salisbury businesses and voted for them in the Muddy Awards. The future’s looking bright.”