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Elizabeth's Bakery and Tea Shop

Posted - Sep. 2, 2010 at 3:25 p.m.



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As an American with a very English heritage, Ronni Matthews couldn't have been more delighted to see an authentic English bakery open up in Salt Lake City three years ago. Although she lived in Utah County, she would visit the business every couple of weeks. . . until the day she learned it would be closing.

On that day Ronni sat at her computer with tears running down her face, distressed to have lost such a treasure. A short time later she received an email from the bakery owners offering it for sale. As a mortgage broker for 18 years, Ronni decided it was time for a career change and purchased the business. She reopened the doors of Elizabeth's Bakery and Tea Shop in May and has been in love ever since! The success of her decision can be seen in the words written on the wall of her shop, "This is my cup of tea!"

Elizabeth's Bakery and Tea Shop on 700 East across from Trolley Square in Salt Lake City gives its customers an authentic taste of England with a variety of savory and sweet dishes. The shop's extensive selection of English food varies from light and fluffy scones to jam and custard tarts, shortbread and trifle. It also serves steak and onion pie and good old English beans on toast. The delectable coconut macaroons dipped in chocolate are another popular selection. Of course the shop also offers plenty of options for tea.

Ronni's background has uniquely prepared her for this business endeavor. She was born in England and immigrated to the United States at the age of 8. Her family followed many English customs such as tea time and ate traditional English dishes, so she is well versed in the culture. After Ronni reopened Elizabeth's Bakery and Tea Shop under her management, her father paid a visit. He was so impressed and proud as could be of his daughter.

Ronni has been amazed at the reception to Elizabeth's Bakery and Tea Shop. Almost every day someone tells her how happy they are that she opened the doors again. She plans to remain personally involved and meet everyone who enters this "bit of England."

For Zions Bank, I'm Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.

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