REEDSPORT — Aunty B's Tea & Vintage Gifts gives visitors a place to relax, come in from the autumn rain and have a spot of tea.

Owner JJ Love operates the new business, located at 392 Fir, in Old Town in Suite 109 in the Mid Coast Mall. The mall is at the corner of Fir and Highway 38.

"It's a tea and a lunch," Love said. "The tea is 11ish."

Hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 12 to 4 p.m. Sundays "because we get the after church crowd."

"It's a tea house and deli and we have vintage gifts," she said. "A lot of collectibles."

Love's no stranger to western Douglas County. She's lived in Elkton, Sutherlin, Scottsburg, Winchester Bay and Reedsport and comes with a wealth of business experience.

"I've lived here off and on for 20 some years," she said.

The location in a key part of Reedsport appealed to her quickly.

"Nostalgia. It's old. It's Old Town," the merchant said.

She speaks excitedly of her business, saying "I've already done one children's birthday party. We have very fancy dress up parties."

"It's a social place," Love said. "I want to have a fun place."

Part of her plan entails marketing and more marketing. She'll be doing this by putting up fliers to area churches and sending out cards and invitations to civic groups and other organizations to come on by.

"We're going to have Bunco," she said.

Plus the shop also sells miniature homes with miniature table lamps and other accessories.

Love simply stated "it's whatever you wan to do. I don't know. Our Bunco parties get pretty wild."

She's happy to see some visitors planning to return. For example a Canadian couple are hoping to visit again in March.

Love gets help from relatives Betsy Love and her granddaughter, Breanna Lockwood, who moved up from the high desert area of California. Lockwood currently is an EMT with the Gardiner Fire Department and recently had a second interview with Bay Cities Ambulance.

Lockwood noted that there'll be tea, sandwiches, desserts (including ice cream), and chili, or as she put it, "all the fun stuff." Love has a kitchen on site at the 1,800-square-foot business.

The shop is divided into rooms, including one that oozes of elegance, one focusing on the 1950s, a contemporary dining room appearance and then, as Love puts it with a laugh, "the Wild thing," where visitors can let their hair down, with a bit more of a sass to it.

For more information, call Love at 541-817-9989. The business has a Facebook page plus an email address, which is: jjszanyzone@yahoo.com

She accepts cash, checks, as well as credit and debit cards.

The Umpqua Post Editor Shelby Case can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 296 or shelby.case@theworldlink.com.

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