Who's the most stylish Mackem? Shortlist announced for Retail and Style Awards
A West End star, glam mams and a city smokehouse are among those shortlisted for awards that celebrate Sunderland style and shops.
Superstar talent show winner Ben Forster, from Millfield, who is currently playing the lead role in Phantom of the Opera, is in the running to be crowned Most Stylish Mackem at the Retail and Style Awards,
Meanwhile, Holy Smokes in Park Lane is hoping to take the title of Best Up and Coming Business at a glittering ceremony which takes place on April 23.
Other nominees include the Frost Village in the Experience It Here award; Avenue designer children’s store in Olive Street in the Best Customer Service category and Sam’s Bar in Sunniside in the Most Stylish Bar section.
Voting is now open for the event, which brings together previous awards held by Sun FM and The Bridges.
As well as the presentation of awards, the night will include a three course dinner, fashion show and live entertainment from pop band Lawson, Brit Award nominee Izzy Bizu and Sunderland musician, The Lake Poets.
The event, which is being organised by Sun FM and the Bridges and supported by Sunderland BID, will showcase Sunderland’s leading businesses and individuals
across 16 categories.
“It’s fantastic to see so many and such a diverse range of companies represented in the awards,” said Ken Dunbar, chief executive of Sunderland BID.
“It highlights just how much choice there is in the city, from high street names to local people who have set up successful unique businesses.”
The shortlist was drawn up by a panel of judges and the nominees in the retail section of the awards will now be mystery shopped to choose the winners.
Shortlisted nominees for the style section are now open to a public vote at www.sun- fm/rsawards16.
Tickets for the event are £39 each and available via Eventbrite, from Sun FM reception in Hylton Riverside or from the Customer Service desk at the Bridges.
•Experience It Here Award
Chinese New Year
•Up and Coming Business
Frances and Marshall
The Little Waxing Company
•Manager Of The Year
Rita Richardson - Bon Marche
Harry Collinson Snr - Collinsons
•Employee of the Year
Paul Robson - Cycle World
Hollie Bowens - Bon Marche
•Best Customer Service
•Best Small Retailer
Barber and Whale
•Best Medium Retailer
•Best Large Retailer
•Most Stylish Mackem
•Most Stylish Bar/Nightclub
Port of Call
•Most Stylish Restaurant
•Most Stylish Blogger
Sarah Jayne Adams
Paul (sobs) Dobson
•The Salon Award
•Crowd Pleaser Award
Jersey Boys at Sunderland Empire
The Frost Village
•Made in Sunderland
Frankie and the Heartstrings
Make My Day Events
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