One of Preston’s best loved tea shops is up for sale.Advertisement
Since opening its doors in 2009 The Mystery Tea House has become a favourite among those looking for an alternative to the high street coffee chains in the heart of Preston.
But last night, owner Natalia Lotocka announced she is putting the shop on the market to focus on her charity work in Africa.
She said: “My journey as an owner of the Mystery Tea House is coming to an end. As most of you know, I’m doing work in Africa, and my heart belongs there.
“I can’t give tea house as much time as I want cos I’m focusing more on my charity work. I’m feeling that I’m not allowing tea house to grow as a business and as a community hub. I’ve got an opportunity to move out soon, so I’m looking for a quick sale of the business.”
The quirky decor and huge range of ethically sourced tea, coffee and snacks has attracted a loyal customer base for almost a decade with friends and supporters taking to social media to express sadness and support as The Mystery Tea House enters a new era.
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The sale of the Mystery Tea House includes all the decor, teas and teapots along with a list of suppliers, to ensure the new owner can continue in the same spirit that the shop has been loved for for almost a decade.
Natalia said: “The Mystery Tea House is a well-established business that’s been 9 years on the market with a great potential and huge base of loyal guests.
“The place it’s ready to run as I’m leaving everything here as it is with all the decorations, teas and teapots plus all the contacts of suppliers.
“There is a possibility to organise more regular workshops and events, to create new menus and to do many more improvements.”
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Once she has secured a sale, Natalia plans to leave Preston for Africa, where she is working with a charity to build a school, toilet and water facilities in Jinack, Gambia.
To donate to the charity visit Go Fund Me.