Shaw’s Tea Room another victim of the poor economy |

Shaw’s Tea Room another victim of the poor economy

High fuel prices, the poor economy and a lack of parking in Nevada City contributed to the demise of Shaw’s Tea Room, its owner said Friday.

Meanwhile, another business – the Breakfast Club Cafe in Grass Valley – will be sold in October.

The tea room is the latest in a string of business closures in Nevada City, including the Stonehouse restaurant and Broad Street Furnishings.

For a bit more than two years, the tea room above Shaw’s Antiques on Main Street downtown offered a fantasy get-away of pink chintz-patterned wallpaper, waitresses in Victorian pinafores, London propriety, fireplace warmth and deliciously dainty morsels served with tea on multi-layered trays.

But when fuel prices topped $4 a gallon and regulars from the Central Valley came less often, owner Susan Shaw Teasley couldn’t make it anymore, she said.

“Business went down pretty rapidly” starting about four months ago, she added.

Rising fuel prices reflected in other costs and the loss of parking during the construction of the new retail and office building at nearby 100 Union St. made matters worse, Teasley said.

“So many of our customers found it too difficult to find parking,” she said. “Even without that, it just wasn’t economically feasible – the sad economy.”

She closed the tea room on Sunday, but has no plans for the space and hasn’t ruled out the possibility of reopening. “We’re leaving the tables set, just as a little symbol,” Teasley said.

At the Breakfast Club Cafe, the entire assets of the restaurant – the name, tables, chairs and kitchen equipment – are being sold, according to a notice to creditors filed at the county Recorder’s Office by California Land Title Co., in Grass Valley.

The sale is effective Oct. 2.

Owners Stephen and Dianna Atherton, of Nevada County, declined to comment on the sale.

The buyers are Charles Dunbar Jr. and Penny Dunbar, of Grass Valley. They could not be reached for comment.

The home-style restaurant known for breakfast and lunch fare has been the scene of club meetings and family gatherings.

To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail or call 477-4230.

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