Sep 19 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
A TEACHER has realised her life-long dream by opening a tea shop in the town she now calls home.
Jo Walker, 47, formerly worked as a teacher at St Anne’s primary school, in Ormskirk, but after she was given the financial opportunity by a family member she gave up teaching in pursuit of her dream.
The 47-year-old, from Cornwall, grew up working in tea rooms and her grandparents had owned and run their own tea shop before she was born.
Jo said: “Owning my own tea shop is something I’ve always wanted to do.
“I used to spend all my summer holidays working in them back in Cornwall and I just have some great memories of my time there.
“It’s only recently that I’ve been able to start to make my dream a reality and now Brew and Bake is actually set up it’s amazing.”
The tearoom on the corner of Burscough Street is set to open unofficially this week with an official launch planned for a few weeks’ time.
Jo is planning to sell teas as well as serve them and will be using a Blackburn supplier for the specialist teas and coffee.
Jo said: “We’ll be selling Earl Grey, Red Bush, Green Tea and fruit teas.
“Once the business has really got off the ground, I’m going to start doing a tea of the month.
“My supplier has over 65 teas from around the world and I’d love to be able to serve a lot of them in the shop.”
Jo’s business will be a lot more than tea, however.
She is also planning on selling soups and lunches all made with as local as possible ingredients.
Jo said: “I hope the business goes well.
“We’re unique in Ormskirk.
“No one else will sell these teas.
“Tea is trendy again.”