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Friday, September 12, 2008

The Wheels on the Bus Tearoom Go Round and Round ....

One of the joys of our online tea guide Great Tearooms Of America is the variety of tearoom styles we encounter as people register their businesses with us. There truly is something for everyone on the American tearoom scene. Case in point: the mobile, "traveling tearoom" above!

Also called an "English Cottage on wheels", GayGrace Teas offers hot tea, iced tea, iced chai, scones, tea sandwiches, and desserts. 20 varieties of loose teas are available as well as boxed teas. Tea equippage is also availabe for purchase.

According to a news article, the owner spent several months looking at properties for a tearoom. She discovered that the initial investment for a brick-and-mortar shop was very high, so she decided to "go mobile". She worked with her local SCORE office, purchased a truck on eBay for $38,000, and invested $1,800 to rework its electrical system. Her "English Cottage on wheels" is open Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday (the owner, Gay Geiger Hughes of Natick, works another job 3 days a week) at two area (Wayland/Hopkinton, Massachusetts) garden centers. Click here for more photographs.

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