TeaGuide: Reviews and Ramblings

October 24, 2013

Ramblings: Ever wanted to own a tea room? Here’s your chance!

Filed under: food,tea,tea business,tea rooms,Tea sites — by JanisB @ 4:02 pm
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Some of you may know that before starting this blog I was the editor and publisher of TeaGuide Worldwide Tea Directory. What began as a few pages on my Cat-Tea Corner website (“Our cats, some tea, and recipes … and a photo-tour of Romania!”) for listing tea rooms and tea shops that I myself had visited evolved into the most comprehensive directory of venues around the world that served or sold (or both) good quality teas. TeaGuide went live online in June, 1997 and it served tea lovers around the world for fifteen years, until it was retired in July 2012. (Read the how and why here.)

Readers of TeaGuide were encouraged to review the tea rooms and shops they had visited. A small number of the businesses received repeated and consistent recommendations as being the best of the best. One of those tea rooms was Clipper Merchant Tea House in Limerick, Maine. Reviewers raved about the location, decor, and service, and of course the food and the tea. Most of this was due to the care with which the owner, Heather, took with every aspect of the business. (She is also a very nice lady who operates a dog rescue group.)

Clipper Merchant Tea HouseHeather is now selling the Clipper Merchant as she moves on to the next stage of her life. If you’ve ever considered owning a tea room, or if you’d like to relocate to beautiful Maine and are looking for a thriving, well-known business with room for growth, this may be your golden opportunity.

The details:

Award-winning, nationally acclaimed  Clipper Merchant Tea House
58 Main Street, Limerick, Maine (click link for map)
Telephone: 207-615-3126

Clipper Merchant Tea HouseTwo-story restored historic 1800s home in southern Maine lakes area, with beautiful lawns and attached two-story barn. Tea room seats 45. Sale includes inventory, restaurant furnishings, china, reliable staff available, and everything you need to continue this successful tea house business. Sale also includes name, business, real estate, and goodwill.  Huge potential for increasing operational hours including dinner seatings and year ’round service.

Second floor of home has three large bedrooms with mountain views and full bath.

Priced at $425,000.00

As Heather says: “We’d like to see The Clipper Merchant Tea House continue on with all the love and attention to detail that we have invested in it.”

Heather is available to train new owner/s. Please contact her direct via telephone or email (heather@clippermerchant.com) for more information.

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  1. This breaks my heart! This is one of my all-time favorite places. I discovered it driving through from NH to Wells and soon thereafter jumped in the car to make the 4-hour round trip drive to have tea there. I had a book event for “A Tea Reader” there with a packed house and included it in my Yankee article about NE’s top tea rooms. Best wishes to Heather and Gary. I hope it passes to loving hands.

    Comment by Katrina Ávila Munichiello — October 24, 2013 @ 4:49 pm |Reply

    • Thank you so much for your comment, Katrina. Heather says she is looking for a buyer who will continue, and perhaps grow, all the good things about Clipper Merchant. So don’t give up hope!

      Comment by teaguide — October 24, 2013 @ 5:13 pm |Reply

  2. I was a frequent visitor to the Cat-Tea Corner and have referred hundreds of people to the website for information on tea rooms over the years.
    I joined in 1997 and have gotten such pleasure from it.
    One of the first links I added to my blog was the link to Teamail.

    Comment by AndieP — October 24, 2013 @ 5:00 pm |Reply

    • It all seems so long ago — things move so quickly in the online world these days — and it sure was fun running Cat-Tea Corner and TeaGuide. So glad we’re still keeping in touch via Teamail (YahooGroups and Facebook)!

      Comment by teaguide — October 24, 2013 @ 5:14 pm |Reply

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