Anita ventures into vintage
A trip down memory lane proved to be the route into business for an Ashington entrepreneur.
Anita Allen had been working behind a bar, but held a lifelong ambition of running her own cafe.
And when a suite of first floor offices became available in the town, the 52-year-old knew it was time to turn her dream into reality and convert them into her longed-for business.
However, her new venture is no ordinary cafe as it transports customers back to the 1940s in the style of an old tea room, complete with vintage decor, flowery tablecloths and dainty china.
“I’d always wanted to open a cafe that reminded me of Sunday afternoon tea at Nanna’s house,” said Anita.
“I was fed up with greasy spoon cafes and the blandness of coffee shop chains.”
The Money Tree Vintage Tea and Coffee Rooms is spread over four rooms in Lintonville Terrace, and even its name is inspired by family as when Anita and her brothers and sisters used to pester their dad for cash or presents, he would tell them he would just go to “the money tree in the garden”.
Anita said: “Sadly, dad passed away just before we opened The Money Tree, but I’m sure he’d be very proud.”
The tea rooms offer homemade pie, quiche, sandwiches, scones and, of course, tea and coffee, as well as cakes made locally by Cheryl Marsay.
In addition to serving lunch and afternoon tea, they can also be booked for small events, seating up to 24 people.