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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Carlisle's most festive shop window revealed

CHIC minimalism won the day in the contest to find Carlisle’s most festive, artistic and imaginative shop-window display.

Touch Nails and Beauty topped the poll on the News & Star’s website – www.newsandstar.co.uk – which closed on Saturday.

The salon in Castle Street collected 50 votes, narrowly beating Grandma’s Treats in Green Market on 45.

Bookcase in Castle Street was third with 24.

Overall, nearly 250 people cast votes for the 17 shops that entered the contest, organised by Carlisle City Centre Business Group.

Touch Nails is run by husband and wife team James and Lauren Bell, of Morton, Carlisle.

Mr Bell, 30, was responsible for designing the Christmas window, which features a wreath, model Santa, two-dimensional baubles and a tree with nail polish as decorations.

He said: “Minimal seems to be the growing trend at the moment. Simple can be really effective.

“The Santa Claus we have on display was donated by one of our clients who made it.

“It’s nice to win but I didn’t expect it. I thought we didn’t have a chance with a minimal look.”

Touch surged to the top of the poll after posting a link to the News & Star’s web poll on its Facebook page, along with a request to clients to vote.

Viv Dodd, secretary of Carlisle City Centre Business Group, said: “We are delighted with the support we’ve got from independent shops and the people of Carlisle who voted.

“It shows what good independent shops we’ve got and augurs well for the future.”

JWhittle@cngroup.co.uk

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