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We had a lovely evening on Friday 3rd June when we were invited, as one of the lucky Finalists, to attend the Winchester Business Excellence Awards 2016 at Winchester’s Guildhall.
Stardust Years Vintage was shortlisted for the Independent Retailer of the Year Award, sponsored by the Winchester BID. Gary and I were proud to be in the same category as some great local independent businesses including Chococo and Jeremy France Jewellers (What more could a gal want? Chocolate and diamonds!). The lucky winners were Jeremy France Jewellers with whom we held a joint vintage fashion and jewellery event, “Rocks ‘N’ Frocks”, in last year’s Winchester Fashion Week so we couldn’t really begrudge them their victory (Grr!). A lovely team of lovely people.
We’re still chuffed that at just under 3 years’ old, a vintage fashion boutique could be chosen as a potential Independent Retailer of the Year. There are so many brilliant and diverse retailers here in Winchester. A huge thanks to all the sponsors and the organisers of the Winchester Business Excellence Awards 2016.
Also, it was great to meet colleagues old and new and, of course, to wear my vintage 1950s, “Heiress” blue sequinned gown! A very talented lady, Virginia Hannan, altered the dress for me as I’m rather on the short side! The lady who wore the dress before me must have put her heel through the hem (boy, haven’t we all done that?) so that was my excuse for not letting this gorgeous piece reach the shop rail. Virginia has carried out the alterations on a number of our customers’ treasures so it was nice to approach her to work on one of mine. Ironically, though, when I was sitting down another lady had her foot on my dress and as I got up from my chair… you’ve guessed it! Another visit to Virginia. At this rate, I might end up with a 1960s mini dress!