Julie Salt has fullfilled her life-long ambition and opened up her very own tea room in Eastwood.
Julie’s Tea Room and Coffee Shop was officially opened by the Mayor of Eastwood, David Townes, on Monday of this week.
The 49-year-old owner used to be the manager at Dunlite, and decided to open up her own place when it was sold back in May this year.
Julie said it was ‘now or never’.
“I have always wanted to run my own tea room, but I have never been in the right place to do it, financially or otherwise, and I thought it’s now or never. “I thought if I don’t do it now, I never will.
“I love it. It’s my dream. It’s what I have always wanted from being young, and now here I am,” she said.
Julie, who lives in Ilkeston, said she was given the confidence to open up in Eastwood after customers from Dunlite told her they would support her new business.
“When Dunlite was closing people kept asking me what I was going to do.
“They said if you do start up on your own let us know where you are going to be.
“If I bumped in to people they would ask me when I was opening up.
“Because I had already been in Eastwood for five years and people knew me I thought I had that business already, which is why I decided on staying in Eastwood.”
Julie serves breakfasts, light lunches, afternoon tea and cream tea.
She opened her doors on November 8, and said business had been going well.
“I’m happy with how things are going and I’m quite enjoying it,” she said.
Previous to working at Dunlite, Julie worked in the kitchen at a nursing home and a university in Derby.