Anna raises a tea cup to the past

Anna Coupland
Anna Coupland

WHEN Anna Coupland was looking for a name for her vintage-style shop and tea room, she turned to her great-grandmother.

And that’s why the premises at the Millhouses bus terminus are called Martha Heritage.

Her venture in an former butcher’s shop in Terminus Road sees the sale of furniture she has remodelled and repainted herself along with upmarket vintage-style gifts and homeware. There are cards made by Sally Scassardi, who used to live in Dore.

Anna, aged 41, says: “My great granny brings back memories of long bus journeys that were always worthwhile as there was always afternoon tea and cake waiting.

“Her name, Martha Heritage, was the perfect choice for the shop as I wanted to create a vintage shop with good old-fashioned service and delicious home-made cakes served with a warm welcome and a nostalgic feel to recreate my happy family memories.”

The small tea room, which seats up to eight customers, offers loose leaf tea to go with the cakes.

Anna, who lives around the corner in Whirlowdale Road, has taken a new direction after 17 years as a patents secretary in Sheffield.

She found it increasingly difficult to juggle the job with the school demands of three children .

Now her attention has turned to the shop, which she will run with help from her mum and friends.

“I’m nervous,” she admits. It’s hard when you have been earning a regular income.

“However, I am throwing myself into the big world, and I think it will be good for the family.”