The coffee shop opening soon in Georgetown will now be called North-East Tea & Bean.

THE ISSUE A new coffee shop will soon open on the corner of E. Market Street and N. Race Street in Georgetown under the ownership of the Ray family of Laurel. Ted Ray is partnering with his wife Maria and his parents William and Elizabeth to launch what they hope will someday be an East Coast franchise. The shop will offer an array of coffees and teas from around the world, providing Georgetown residents and visitors with more of a variety in their daily caffeine fix. The shop can seat 20 people inside and eight outside, where there will be two tables and a bench. Patrons will have access to free Wi-Fi Internet connection.

WHAT’S HAPPENED The Rays had originally planned to open the shop under the name New England Tea & Bean; however, an attorney from the Massachusetts-based New England Coffee contacted Ted Ray and informed him the company has trademarked their name. The Georgetown coffee shop will now be called North-East Tea & Bean, which the Rays have trademarked. The family took down their New England Tea & Bean signs and has replaced them with new ones reflecting the name change. The family has also solidified a partnership with Millsboro Bake Shop to offer fresh baked goods every day. Ted Ray said he plans to offer a “huge” selection of pastries.

WHAT’S NEXT The family is undergoing training with a local barista. Interior work, such as installation of ceiling tiles and plumbing work to get the cappuccino machine up and running, is wrapping up this week. While they may have a brief, soft opening this week, the shop will not open until at least Dec. 16. Folks are encouraged to keep their eyes peeled for removal of the “Coming Soon” signs and placement of tables and chairs on the sidewalk. Ted Ray said a ribbon cutting with the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce would occur soon after the grand opening.