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Listener Choice Awards 2017

Voting is now open for the Best High Street Shop category of Minster FM's Listener Choice Awards 2017 sponsored by Switch Networks


You can read all about each of our entrants below and vote for your favourite at the bottom of the page.  Voting in the first round will close at 23:59 on Sunday 24th September with a shortlist announced on Monday 25th September.  Following this the winner will be announced at our Listener Choice Awards ceremony on Monday November 6th.


The entries are as provided by the nominees.


The Nominees

Allens Ironmongers

Local hardware shop that sells nearly everything and has been open since 1851. Locally known as the Aladdin's cave. Olde worlde feel that offers a range of goods.

Why Should You Win?

We have been part of the community for 166 years. We are a traditional looking shop that sells a wide range of products. Customers are always greeted with a smile and a warm welcome and will be offered help and advice where needed.



Azendi is an independent Yorkshire jewellery brand founded in 1989. The brand has three stand alone stores in Harrogate, Leeds and York and specialises in creating unique designs using only precious metals, beautifully cut stones, and genuine freshwater pearls. From traditional bridal pearls and precious diamond gifts to modern sterling silver designs, Azendi offers a wide choice of jewellery for any occasion.

Why Should You Win?

Azendi offers a unique collection of jewellery which is designed only using the highest quality of metals and craftsmanship. All of the jewellery is designed in-house in Yorkshire and is truly unique to the brand. Taking inspiration for local fashion and trends, Azendi’s latest collection includes a partnership with York Minster and showcases the Minster’s Heart of Yorkshire stained-glass window in a beautiful array of sterling silver designs. Azendi prides itself in offering a personal service throughout its stores. Each customer can receive a one-to-one consultation with one of our expert advisors who will go above and beyond to ensure you leave the store with the perfect piece. All purchases receive a complimentary gift wrapping service which makes any gift look extra special. For special occasions, bridal parties or corporate parties, Azendi offers a free service to ensure any event is memorable. Azendi is proud to be a Yorkshire brand and frequently partners with local companies and charities. This year, Azendi is supporting St. Leanord’s Hospice and Radio Aire. Azendi likes to give back to the wider community and regularly takes part in local events and sponsorship opportunities.


Coe and Co Jewellers

We are a small family run business with a total of three branches. Our store here in Selby is one of the largest Jewellery stockists of contemporary, branded and fine jewellery in the area. With a wide selection of wedding/engagement rings and watches, we also work along side some of the best known brands world wide such as- Pandora, Thomas Sabo, Vivienne Westwood, Michael Kors, Hugo Boss, Nomination, Ted Baker, Clogau Gold, Nikki Lissoni, Carat London, Jersery Pearl, Barbour, Skagen and Les Georgette's. We are not only passionate about retail but also the creation of jewellery. Offering a service which repairs and creates jewellery items to specification.

Why Should You Win?

Us here at Coe & Co Selby think we should win because we are small team of five who are really enthusiastic and we all enjoy interacting with our customers from Selby and surrounding areas. We always offer a high standard of customer service making sure our customers have the best experience in store. We deal with customers of all ages, whether they are looking for a gift for a special someone or looking to treat themselves. We will go above and beyond to ensure we are finding the perfect jewellery item to make the person receiving it realise just how special they are. We are always happy to help.


Costello's Bakery

A family run craft bakery & coffee house, famous for producing amazing hand made pies, tarts and sausage rolls (as well as many more tasty treats). Open every day of the week.

Why Should You Win?

We strive for excellence so that our customers love what we do! We'd love to gain recognition for the huge efforts that everyone at Costello's put in the make sure we stay one of the best local food producers in Yorkshire.



Cyclesense was born in 1991, fulfilling the childhood dream of David Stainthorpe. Dave had always wanted a bike shop, as a child he used to take bikes apart, swap bits and sell them to his friends. Slowly, but surely, Dave built the business up starting in his garage at home in Thorner and trading on Dewsbury Market with just £600 worth of stock. By 1995 Cyclesense had become very well established. Its reputation built on value and service. The markets were very cold so Dave decided that it was time to move to some proper retail premises. Cyclesense moved to Tadcaster, the home of Samuel Smiths, John Smiths and Coors breweries. Our first proper shop was 500sqft and at the time had more than enough room for Dave. Business blossomed in Tadcaster and soon Paul Stainthorpe (Dave’s oldest) joined the business. The years flew by and during this time Dave and Paul built a loyal customer base as word got round of their friendly and knowledgeable little shop. Cyclesense moved to its current location on Tadcaster High Street in 2001. To date, Cyclesense is the biggest independent retailer in Tadcaster, with 3000 sqft of sales area and a large (free) car park at the rear of the shop. At Cyclesense we stock a tremendous range of bikes that often astounds visitors to the shop. There really is a bike to suit all riders. Mountain, Road, Sports-Hybrids, Commuting, Touring, Tandems, Trikes, Unicycles and all sizes of children’s bikes.

Why Should You Win?

It would be fantastic to be recognized as an important local, family owned business which is definitely a part of the local community



Food on the go, also seating area

Why Should You Win?

Because we are a friendly team in Selby and go that extra mile for the customers


Heaven and Home

We are a contemporary gift store in the middle of the high street in Selby. We specialise in giftware that is a bit different from the normal. We deal with hundreds of small companies and spend many hours sourcing new products and cards. At Heaven and Home customer service is key, the customer is not an interruption to our business they are the purpose of it, we have build up a loyal following of repeat customers and have nearly 2000 Facebook likes, please visit our Facebook page and have a look at our reviews which are totally unsolicited, you will not find a bad one. We have been trading in Selby for nearly 17 years and work hard to stay here and offer what we consider to be a unique shopping experience.

Why Should You Win?

We should win because we are a survivor, we have survived through very difficult trading conditions when many others in our sector have fallen by the wayside. We listen to our customers and work hard to provide a unique offer for them. We have survived by cutting our cloth according to trading conditions, we have always kept costs to a minimum and are always looking to reduce them further, I work full time in the business and my wife assists with the accounts and paperwork even though she works full time for another business. This is a hard fact of business life today there are no magic carpets to success, keep your head down ,work hard , and continue to plough everything back into the business to keep it going.


Hunters of Helmsley

Husband and wife team Chris and Christine Garnett have owned the Hunters of Helmsley deli for 10 years, but it has been trading for 27. An icon in the town, and the wider region, no trip to Helmsley is complete without a visit. Hunters won the accolade of Britain’s Best Small Shop in 2015, beating off competition from hundreds of other retailers. Awarding them their prize at the House of Commons, Simon Danczuk MP, said: "Hunters of Helmsley was chosen by the judges for its local sourcing of produce, organisation of events to support their high street and their use of social media to engage customers." From its characterful Grade 2 listed building, to its unusually wide selection of products, Hunters is an Aladdin’s Cave of food and drink. Chris and Christine take an active role in the running of the shop, with Chris manning the downstairs fresh food side of the deli, and Christine upstairs, with its huge range of jams, chutney, tea and coffee, international delicacies, ingredients, and chocolates. The couple both come from farming backgrounds and believe the quality of food and where/how it is produced is essential. Of the products in store 70% are sourced locally.

Why Should You Win?

• The staff – Several employees have worked there for 10+ years. They go out of their way to help. • Supporting local producers - It’s vital to the Hunters’ philosophy that local farmers, producers and suppliers are supported/championed. • Tastings - regular tastings and special events are held in store – e.g. a nutritionist offering advice on food allergies/intolerances. • Innovative marketing – Hunters approached two local producers – Yorkshire Baker/Ampleforth Abbey – to create a brand new pie for British Pie Week, which is sold exclusively at Hunters. The deli worked with local firms to create a stunning cake reproduction of the shop, which was sold by the slice for a local charity and an 8.5kg Easter egg, raffled to raise funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. • New ideas - To mark the Olympic Games, a special ‘Bauru’ sandwich was created to give customers a taste of Brazil. 2017’s International Beer Day saw Hunters introduce a Ginger Beer float for the first time. • Part of the community - Hunters takes an active role in making sure Helmsley stays a thriving town. In 2012 Chris and Christine instigated the forming of ‘Helmsley in Business’ (HiB) which now has over 60 member businesses, working together to promote the town.


Lady Muck

An independent small retail Ladies Boutique in Selby creating bespoke handmade ladies wear for any occasion and stocking DANIEL Footwear current season styles.

Why Should You Win?

We are a new buisness and need to be out there and noticed.



Fruit and vegetable shop fresh local produce and products also online delivery and 10% discount for regular customers

Why Should You Win?

We are a small family run business who try to get local produce fresh daily when possible and supply what our customers need and ask for we do home delivery and online shop we support local charity's and sponsor local sports teams we give all ages chance of work and experience


One stop (walmgate)

One stop is open 7 days a week 7am til 10pm we also have a post office service which is open until 9.30pm every evening. We aren't just a local shop we think about our customers. It's not all about the sales, we like to look after our older customers letting them know they have somewhere to go if needed. We hold regular fundraising raffles to raise money to take our oldies on trips aswell as other ways we contribute to charities. We are a big part of the community! Our company core purpose is serving local shoppers a little better everyday!

Why Should You Win?

I think we should win because one stop walmgate works wonders :-)


Pextons Hardware

A traditional ironmonger, retailing light bulbs, paint, timber, seeds, garden tools, cutting keys.

Why Should You Win?

We stock real products that people need to solve a problem. We believe in putting the customer first. No reasonable request turned down. Offering traditional service and truly going the extra mile. If you've accidentally dropped a fiver out of your bag at the till, don't be surprised if we turn up on your doorstep to hand it back over!


Simply a Party

We are a Card, Gift, Party shop. Stocking a lovely range of items to help any party run smoothly. We have a large range of greeting cards, gifts, cake decorating items, banners, gift wraps, balloons, BALLOONS and more balloons. We also do balloon displays and much more. We also have a gorgeous sweet cart which we hire out and also a sweet station which is proving to be popular for kids parties. We help in any way we can, whether it be from searching for specific items to helping with suggestions, were always on hand to help.

Why Should You Win?

Its been a very trying time. I set up this business 2 years ago, it was so exciting and terrifying at the same time. When everything suddenly started moving forward I fell pregnant but decided to keep going. 10 weeks into opening the shop we were flooded out on boxing day, losing everything. I made the decision I couldn't go through all that again and wouldn't re open. My partner told me to sleep on it. I woke up and though, I'm not going to be beaten and from there stuff started moving and we re-opened a year ago. Its been such hard work, being a mum to a 6yr old and 17month old, running the business and home life. Its worrying knowing that this could all happen again.

The team at Spear Travels in Stokesley (Lynsey, Caroline, Lisa, Siobhan, Kath, Katy and Ruth) are totally committed to providing industry leading service to every customer when booking their travel and holiday arrangements.  Holidays are one of the largest financial commitments a household will make in a year, therefore our attention to detail is essential to ensure that everyone gets the break that they deserve and that all the arrangements, often extremely complex, are handled professionally and with care.  As a truly independent retailer we are not directed by head office to only promote and sell holidays that generate the greatest financial return for the business – we work closely with our customers to perfectly match their requirements and budget to the product that best suits their requirement.  We work with over 300 UK Tour Operators – considerably more than the national high street chains (who primarily will only sell their in-house brands) – and our friendly staff are well trained, well-travelled and well known in the local community and are always prepared to go the extra mile for our customers.

Why Should You Win?

Spear Travels in Stokesley is a true community retailer.  We support and attend the annual Stokesley show with our fun filled Spear Travels marquee tent welcoming customers, old and new, to meet the team and the company Directors and one lucky winner can win a £200 holiday voucher by participating in our free to enter holiday themed competition.  We like to bring interesting and varied Tour Operators to the town and meet our customers ‘in person’ and have recently welcomed a Prosecco Bike courtesy of Italian specialist Citalia, held an Afternoon Tea with Regent Seven Seas Cruises and, not forgetting, our luxury travel evening with Carrier attended by over 50 interested travellers.  Spear Travels has won several national British Travel Awards for ‘Best Customer Service’ – the only travel retailer to win this prestigious award 3 years running, and we would so love to be recognised for our continued help, advice and support for the lovely folk in and around Stokesley.


The Zentist

The last mind, body and spirit shop in York. Selling over 225 healing crystals, incense, essential oils , tarot and oracle cards, angel and fairies and much much more!

Why Should You Win?

After 17 years in business as The Cosmic Trader and The Zentist this is the last of the new age shops in York. Offering5 star service along with 5 star customer satisfaction. We have the largest range of Mind body and spirit products and services in Yorkshire.

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