A coffee shop owner is raising a cuppa to success after securing her dream career.
Maggie Lock, 52, has opened Maggie’s Place, a coffee shop, in Duke Street, Darlington, which serves coffee, tea, cake and light lunches.
Lock, who previously worked as an air stewardess and an estate agent, said: “I’m very happy to be running my own coffee shop as it’s been a long-standing ambition of mine. I’ve enjoyed a variety of careers, but for some time, it’s been a goal to set up on my own business.
“Having worked at a local hotel for two years the experience has certainly helped me in setting up in these early days.”
Lock, who has taken on two new employees, added: “Although it’s very early days yet, Maggie’s Place is already attracting a loyal customer base, and I’m very excited about the future.”
Law firm Latimer Hinks Solicitors helped Lock complete lease arrangements on the new business.
Neil Stevenson, of Latimer Hinks, said: “We reviewed and negotiated the terms of the lease to ensure that Maggie could start her business when she was in a position to do so.
He added: “It’s vital that anyone seeking to lease a commercial property has the benefit of expert legal advice to review and negotiate the terms of the lease. Even when heads of terms have been agreed, a good solicitor will ensure that the lease is going to be an asset rather than a liability.”