Now, more than ever, our local businesses need your support, so for the first feature in our new monthly series focusing on the Old Town area of Stevenage - we have highlighted three independent business that readers should know about. 

1. Instone Memorials

Instone Memorials is a long-established family business that, for over a decade, has supported local families at emotional and difficult times, capturing the memory of loved ones in beautiful, handcrafted memorials.

The Comet: The family team at Instone Memorials in Stevenage Old TownThe family team at Instone Memorials in Stevenage Old Town (Image: Instone Memorials)

Based in Stevenage Old Town and proudly serving Hertfordshire and surrounding areas, Janice and the Baker family will welcome you into pleasant, informal and calming surroundings where you can discuss ideas and options in a relaxed environment.

Instone Memorials help customers perfectly capture the memory of life, offering the right level of support at every step of your journey.

From choosing a memorial for your loved one to creating memorials made to the highest levels of craftsmanship to liaising with the cemetery, they will be with you every step of the way.

A memorial is a place to reflect and continue to celebrate life. The compassionate and professional team will guide you through the process, offering practical support and advice while working at a pace that suits you.

Staff at Instone Memorials are here to offer independent help and advice whenever you choose to undertake your journey.

Visit the company's website for more information.

Instone Memorials, 114a High Street, Old Town Stevenage
T: 01438 748476


2. The Dressing Room Hair & Makeup

The Dressing Room Hair & Makeup is a complete contradiction, quaint and charismatic yet you’ll feel like you’re in your friends living room.

The Comet: Inside the salon at The Dressing Room Hair & Makeup Inside the salon at The Dressing Room Hair & Makeup (Image: The Dressing Room)

It is tucked away upstairs away from the hustle and bustle but still in the heart of it. 

Situated above the Old Town Barbers, the girls take pride in being part of a premises that’s been cutting hair since the 1890's. 

The Dressing Room offers high-end quality hairdressing in a relaxed environment, with an affordable price tag.

With over 20 years experience in the hairdressing industry, salon owner Nicola says she cannot imagine working anywhere else.

The Comet: The Dressing Room is located at 102 High Street, Old Town, StevenageThe Dressing Room is located at 102 High Street, Old Town, Stevenage (Image: The Dressing Room)

After working across Hertfordshire and in London’s West End, she claims the High Street has had her heart since opening the salon in 2014. 

The salon has a tiered system of hairdressers, ranging from the salon director to graduate stylist/trainee stylist.

This means they have someone to suit everyone, depending on whether budget or experience is your priority when booking your hair appointment. 

Follow our social media (Facebook, Instagram) or take a look on our company's website for more information.

The Dressing Room Hair & Makeup, 102 High Street, Old Town Stevenage (first floor, above Old Town Barbers)
T: 01438 316900 


3. Austin’s

A New Natural Burial Park for Stevenage

Austin’s are delighted to confirm that, in the autumn, we will be opening a Natural Burial Park in Stevenage. This will be located adjacent to the Memorial Gardens at Harwood Park, over-looking the stunning views of the Hertfordshire countryside. The area will be left to meadow but will be planted with mature London Plane Trees.

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All burial plots will be single depth but will also allow for the burial of the cremated remains of up to six people. The focus is on returning your loved one to nature. The deceased will not be embalmed and must be dressed in natural biodegradable clothing. 

A selection of natural coffins will be available, including bamboo, banana leaf, water hyacinth, wicker and woollen. The grave will be marked with a simple wooden name plaque which will also biodegrade over time. However, every grave will be identified by an underground electronic chip in order that the exact location of your loved one can always be identified.

The Comet:

Prior to the burial, a funeral service may take place in our chapel at Harwood Park, at another location or at the graveside. A hand wheeled coffin bier will also be available to transfer the deceased from the hearse to the grave.

The burial of your loved one at our Natural Burial Park is available exclusively through Austin’s Funeral Service. Further details will be available in the very near future.

Visit the company's website for more information.

Austin's Funeral Arrangement Office, 21 High Street, Stevenage
T: 01438 316623


If you would like your business to be included in this monthly feature, please contact Mark Stevents by emailing or calling 07557 232121.