Maria and Rick Uribe purchased The British Pantry (formerly Willy's Emporium) in March 2016 from the from former owners Peter and Sue Holdman. Maria was born in Surrey but grew up in Brighton, Sussex. She was working at Oxford University when she married her American husband, and immigrated to America in 1992, settling in Tucson Arizona for the first six years. She then moved to Colorado Springs in 1998 and met and married Rick Uribe who was an independent insurance broker.
In 2004 Rick and Maria opened their first business, Another Man's Treasure, a furniture and home decor consignment store. However, Maria had always wanted to own a British Shop and Tea Room and therefore added the Tea Room in August 2016. They are proud to provide authentic British High Teas on the weekends; baking traditional English Scones and Sausage Rolls from scratch. In addtion to the Tea Room, they are also delighted to offer a wide selection of British Groceries, Chocolates, and Teas, and British Souvenirs to their Customers.