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

In an effort to help support these businesses further, a new scheme promoted and administered by the Stevenage Old Town Business and Community Partnership, enables all Stevenage High Street businesses to save 20% on parking costs.

Business members and their employees in Stevenage Old Town can get discounted season tickets to use seven days a week in Primett Road South and Church Lane Car Parks, valid for use by any individual or vehicle. These tickets are available to purchase annually for only £508.80 and are valid from December 1, 2023 to November 30, 2024.

With no admin to worry about as Stevenage Old Town Business and Community Partnership handle everything, this fantastic deal means that your parking will cost under £2 per day when used every weekday.

Apply and pay by Wednesday November 1, 2023.

Please contact Claire Austin via: or 07971 540837

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

Harwood Cremations – A Dignified and Simplified Farewell

The Comet: Austin's are located at 21 High Street, which is in Stevenage Old TownAustin's are located at 21 High Street, which is in Stevenage Old Town (Image: Austin's)

Austin’s Funeral Directors has become synonymous with providing traditional funeral services to the local community. However, the way people choose to say goodbye to their loved ones is constantly changing. Therefore, we have established The Harwood Cremation.

This is a dignified and simplified service where the bereaved choose not to attend the cremation service. This excludes many of the services associated with a traditional funeral, such as embalming, viewing, a hearse and a funeral service. Therefore, a direct and unattended cremation tends to be one of the most affordable options.

As there is no need to coordinate a funeral or memorial service schedule, the cremation can usually be completed in a relatively short period of time, after death. The deceased is brought into our care and taken to Harwood Park in our dedicated vehicle.

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The family are advised, by Harwood Park, of the day on which the cremation will take place. They may then decide to gather elsewhere or light a candle on that day. The ashes of their loved one are then returned to the family or arrangements may be made for them to be laid to rest in our Memorial Gardens at Harwood Park.

This, for many, is a favoured alternative to an elaborate funeral. The Harwood Cremation can also be arranged and purchased in advance by contacting Harwood Park on 01438 812515 or visiting:

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.