I love the idea of starting a new business. I'm very opinionated, and I also love to notice things, so when I got into a new business it takes everything I have not to tell them what they're doing wrong.
We've only had two tea shops that I'm aware of in our area, though we do have a couple of tea houses. Very dainty, and catering to a specific image. The last tea shop I was in was fussy and claustrophobic! 1000 little teapots scattered around and you're afraid to turn too quickly with a big purse, but that's not what stopped me from coming back. What stopped me from coming back was the tea storage.
They had walls and walls of bins of tea. Smelled lovely, but all I kept thinking was how can they possibly sell enough of each one of those teas to go through any kind of stock rotation. I'm sure the tea was fine, but it's all about perception.
I think if you sell the small size tins of tea that is also a huge plus. They're such a fantastic way to try new things, and really, just fun!
Wheewww! I've been wanting to say that for a week! Glad I finally registered.