Your own tea shop one day

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    Mara Well-Known Member

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    One day I would like to have my own tea shop and sell my cakes, donuts, brownies, muffins, cookies and pies and serve tea, coffee and hot chocolate. I know lots of people have a dream to do this and I really would like to do it. I even have recipes ready and also a menu!

    I would also make home made soup to go with the bread I bake. A chowder of the day!
    It would be a place people could drop in any time of day and everything would be freshly baked...
     
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    Sounds yummy!!! My daughter and I love to read and have talked about opening a bookstore with comfy chairs, a faux fireplace and just a place you want to come and read! Of course we will want it next to a coffee shop so people can bring their coffee and enjoy a book - or tea!!! :)
     
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    I really like your idea. There are so many coffee shops around. But not enough tea places. Coffee shops tend to have a dark atmosphere and I always thought a tea shop would be a little more cozy, like country cozy. Any thoughts to your layout?
     
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    Not really - other than comfy. Chairs that you just want to curl up in - so to me it means like a conversation area but more conducive to reading. My daughter is only 15 but our ideal life would be to read. And then when we need a break - a TV - and coffee or tea. Lol
     
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    I would have sofas and also benches so people can pop in and read the paper while having a snack or work on the laptop. It's about space too and too many small tables take up room and limits who can come in. I would also have a panini press for toasted sandwiches with a choice of breads ( need to learn to bake those!) and morning popovers and savory pastries with cheese and mushrooms in them.

    I'm a long way off, but would also do a loyalty scheme say they pay X amount for a cake, coffee and sandwich per week including take out.
     
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    That sounds lovely, OP. There aren't a lot of tea shops in the US where people can just go and relax. Your place a sounds a lot cozier than Starbucks. I hope you'll invite us to the grand opening.
     
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    I love the idea too. There is a tea shop near me, but it doesn't sound as welcoming as your idea. When I lived in San Francisco, I loved to eat soup and bread for lunch. Actually, it was soup in a bread bowl. I really miss it. Clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl was unbelievably delicious.
     
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    Thinking about it i am surrounded by a few coffee shops but not one tea shop and this is like so sad.I really like your idea @Mara as I would gladly go to a tea shop when i need to have myself some me time and just to breathe easy while sipping my favorite tea.;)
     
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    My ideal locations would be one on the East coast and one on the West coast, near the sea! As much as I like coffee, being British, tea time and elevenses is always important to me, when you stop for a cup of tea, coffee or chocolate with a light snack.

    I know many places are eclipsed by the chains, but good freshly baked food is always more of a draw as long as the atmosphere and the prices are right. I was in one place in New England which was nice, but their menu was written on a black board and nothing was organized, so I stood there for ages trying to read it and just ordered coffee and their brownies were so expensive, nice, but not worth the extra it cost. When I see places like this, it encourages me to do something better.
     
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    Very nice. Sounds like you have thought through every angle and have a really good plan in place. I hope it works out for you to do this! I'll come visit too!! :) I'm more of a coffee drinker but your baked goods and sandwiches etc, sound yummy!
     
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    You should bring one to the Seattle area. We are over run by coffee shops and could use a nice tea cafe. I really like my morning coffer, but could use some afternoon tea too.
     
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    You had a very nice plan of putting a tea shop as your business. It is very interesting because all we had around are all coffee shops and your concepts are good and for a change of place to hang out, eat and relax. Well I am wishing you all the best and for your dream to come true. Good luck! :)
     
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    Your idea sounds wonderful, if we lived in the same are I'd surely go thee :) Maybe have lunch there with come colleagues ;) Would love to have a cup of coffee, buy a tasty muffin and after that maybe eat some of that soup! Would love to lunch like that every Friday! That is how people in most northern European countries lunch ;) They like some bread for lunch... I personally love soups.
     
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    Ever thought of bring one to the Netherlands? I'm tired of coffee shops that are nothing but coffee shops, lol. I'd love to have a place like that here, so cozy and nice! The atmosphere is everything, I've came int o places that felt so cozy... loved the lighting, the decoration... some places have such a good vibe.
     
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    Even though I am in the UK, I'm thinking it will be in the US, attached to the spiritual retreat I am planning. I'm currently building up some recipes and hopefully put it into a book and then maybe get some crowdfunding to get it going.

    Who knows, maybe the goods can be franchised later on, but as I am a vegetarian most items will be vegetarian or vegan. Chocolate of course is allowed!
     
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    This was a big dream of mine - I don't know that I would be able to achieve it at this point in life, but maybe at some point down the track! I wanted it to be like a used book store where people could just grab a book of the shelves and read it while they had home made baked goods and tea or coffee. I'd want the place to have a vintage warehousey type feel - quite rustic but homely!
     
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