A couple of weeks ago I received some information from my local council regarding the requirements for a home based food business. On the basis of this information, after doing some investigating and calculating and careful thinking, I have come to the conclusion that Joie de Tea 'the shop' is not currently viable. I can't meet the council's requirements at this point because to do so would require a substantial financial investment and on top of that the amount of time I would need to put into the business to make the financial investment worthwhile would substantially detract from my ability to care for ten month old Pippin.
So it is with mixed feelings that I declare my shop closed for an unspecified duration. I am hoping to use the spare time that I have to improve my knowledge of both tea and business so that in a year or two I will be better placed to start up the shop again with a bang!
A huge thank you to all my customers who have supported the shop and enjoyed my teas over the last 12 months or so. I appreciate it greatly!
Oh, and the blog will still be going strong with reviews and musings and snippets about tea, so please do keep reading.