WINCHESTER — Terri Dunham was shining like a new dime after a whirlwind makeover experience on Saturday morning and into the early afternoon.
“I’ve loved every minute of it, to tell you the truth,” says Dunham, winner of the second annual ‘Winchester Spring Makeover Madness’ draw, after landing back at Annette Angus’s Terrace Green Bed & Breakfast around 2:30 p.m.
“I would never normally spend all this money on myself.”
Angus and Paintings to Order proprietor Carrie Keller spearheaded the initiative, lining up nine Winchester-area merchants that all chipped in about $100 apiece in goods and services. Seven-hundred and forty-two ballots were filled out by shoppers at participating businesses between Feb. 14 and April 28.
Dunham says she filled out a couple of ballots while on a rare shopping spree coinciding with her April 10 birthday, picking up a bracelet at Annabelle’s Jewellery & Gifts and a pair of shoes at Barkley’s Shoes & Accessories at the time.
“The whole point is to go into the stores as many times as you can,” Angus explains of the campaign promoting Winchester businesses.
The lucky winner was accompanied by Keller on the April 29 makeover excursion.
In addition to the sponsoring enterprises already mentioned, the duo trekked through Main Street Clothing, Aqua Beauty, The Planted Arrow Flowers & Gifts, Double Beauty Esthetics & Hairstyling and Simply Baked Catering. They also stopped for a snack at Cup of Jo’s — before eventually heading back to Terrace Green for lunch by Anne Carriere’s Simply Baked Catering.
A grandmother of four who relocated here 18 months ago from Vancouver Island to be near her Winchester-based lawyer son, Dunham emerged from the experience with a complete new outfit, re-styled hair, re-done nails, and lots of other freebies.
It was so much better than the 12-hour shift the personal support worker was initially scheduled to handle that day. “I was tired and needed a day off,” she laughs, exclaiming,”I was so tired, but I’m not tired anymore!”
“I’ve done retreats, but never a day to myself like this,” she says.
“I love this community. It has everything we need.”
This article was corrected to indicate those responsible for the lunch portion of the prize.