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New coffee shop hopes to brew up business in August

Staff writer

Eager coffee and tea lovers will have to wait until August to indulge in a new shop coming to downtown Peabody.

Owner Pandea Smith is no stranger to the game after owning and operating The Leaf Tea Lounge in Newton from 2010 to 2013.

“I’ve been coming to Peabody for several years,” said Smith. “I come to Flint Hills Gypsies at least once a month and look around. Morgan Marler put up something on Facebook about a building coming available and it piqued my interest.”

Smith purchased the building from Brent and Sheree Reub, who operated Ambleside Antiques for 14 years, and said she originally planned on opening in June, but discovered she wouldn’t be able to put the kitchen where she initially intended.

“I will definitely offer tea, coffee, and some baked goods,” she said. “You can come in and have afternoon tea or coffee break. When you think tea, everyone thinks scones, so I’ll have scones, lemon poppy seed bread, pastry types of things. But I’m not going to be a bakery.”

Smith has ideas for retail possibilities, too, including loose-leaf teas sold by the ounce, filters, teapots, packaged coffee beans, and cookbooks.

Smith foresees being open on weekends to start, hours depending on if she can negotiate time off from her other job, working in insurance billing for a doctor’s office.

“I understand there’s a fair amount of out of town traffic to town already, and I definitely want to make it comfortable for local residents,” she said. “I want them to feel at home here.”

Smith said she has received a warm response around town so far and has gotten recommendations for services she needs to get the shop up and running.

“I’ve met so many people already that have been very friendly,” she said. “They offer suggestions and hook me up with other people. It’s been great.”

Last modified April 12, 2018

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