New shops in Holbeach and Long Sutton

Thomas Juniper at Cards and More, Holbeach

Thomas Juniper at Cards and More, Holbeach

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Two new businesses have opened their doors to customers – a vintage-style tea shop in Long Sutton and a store selling cards and giftware in Holbeach.

Thomas Juniper is Holbeach’s newest shopkeeper – having waited until just after his 18th birthday to open Cards and More at 36 High Street.

Mal Jenkins at Mal's Vintage Tea Shop

Mal Jenkins at Mal's Vintage Tea Shop

The shop stocks a wide selection of greeting cards for every occasion, party essentials including banners and napkins, stationery, helium balloons, gifts and seasonal Christmas items.

“I decided to open the shop because there’s just nothing like this here in Holbeach,” says Thomas, who has recently completed training to be a joiner in the sixth form at University Academy Holbeach.

“There was a card shop but it closed a couple of years ago. You’ve just got to put yourself out there and so far it’s going well.”

Thomas, who also has a second job with the Coffee Lounge at shows around the country, is helped in the shop by his parents Helen and Howard Juniper and sister Sophie.

Cards and More is open six days a week – 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 6pm on Saturdays. For more information follow Cards and More on Facebook.

• Mal’s Vintage Tea Shop has opened in Market Place in the shop formerly occupied by Pat’s Flowers, serving a variety of delicious cakes, sandwiches and speciality teas and coffees.

Owner Marian Jenkins has previously run hotels in the UK and a holiday complex in France but has always wanted her own tea shop and was encouraged to make her dream a reality by husband Michael.

“We’re a traditional French-style shop with proper linen tablecloths and serviettes,” said Marian.

“Everything in here has been recycled except the tops of the counters and cake cabinets.

“We offer morning coffee, lunches and afternoon tea, which include a mini-tea or a high tea and in the next few weeks we’re going to be adding some speciality afternoon teas too, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Strawberry Fields Forever and The White Cliffs of Dover.

“We’re just finalising the menus at the moment, but so far everything is going well,” she added.

Paninis and sandwiches including cream cheese, salmon and brie and cranberry are among those on the menu, while cakes on offer include chocolate eclairs, Victoria sandwich, Black Forest gateau and carrot cake – the latter of which is proving the biggest hit with customers so far. Gluten free options are also available.

The shop is open every day except Wednesdays and Sundays, but Marian will open on request for Sunday bookings. She is also a spiritualist and on Wednesdays gives readings at the tea rooms to those who have made a booking. The shop also has disabled access and is dog-friendly. Contact 01406 363331 to find out more.