British store in Old Town moves to bigger site, adds tearoom, Union Jack flag awningWilly's Emporium, an Old Colorado City store specializing in goods from the British Isles, has made three significant changes this year:
1 - Relocated to 2403 W. Colorado Ave. The 2,000 square feet provides four times as much space as the previous site at 2423, according to Peter Holdman, who owns the business with his wife Susan.
2 - Opened a 225-square-foot tea room in the rear of the shop, with seating for 15 people. People can order English tea, crumpets, biscuits, cakes and various other specialties that are prepared from imported groceries sold in the store.
3 - Installed an awning over the entrance that replicates the flag of the United Kingdom.
The Holdmans moved to the United States from Kent, England in 1998 and opened their business in Old Colorado City just over a year ago.
According to Peter, the store has become a destination site for many shoppers, including members of the military who have spent time in England. Plus, he estimates there are 400 to 500 transplanted “Brits” in the area.
The store is open daily. The phone is 473-6659.
According to the business website, the store carries English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish gifts, groceries and teas, as well as refrigerated and frozen foods, including pies, clotted cream, English sausages and bacon.
The website also notes that the store name was inspired by the Holdmans' chihuahua dog Willy, who is named after their homeland's Prince William.
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