Local businesses react to the death of Queen Elizabeth II

Local businesses react to the death of Queen Elizabeth II

Simsbury, Connecticut (WFSB) – Reaction is pouring in after the death of Queen Elizabeth, including from local businesses with ties to England.

Channel Three spoke with the owners of “A Spoonful of Britain” in Simsbury who said they were saddened by the news.

The phones were ringing all day with people sharing their condolences.

More people are coming to the store today, too.

“A Spoonful of Britain” opened on Railroad Street in Simsbury in June.

The store sells British groceries, home décor and gifts.

The shop owners, Carly and Natalie are both from England.

They say it was heartbreaking to hear of the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Under the rules of the British monarchy, Charles became king immediately after the queen’s death.

“It’s huge. It would definitely be weird to have a king instead of a queen because that’s all everyone knows,” said co-owner Natalie Brown. “She seemed down to earth. She came across as more natural I think than a lot of people in the spotlight. She was huge, she was iconic and just played a big role.”

“It was expected, you know, when we heard the news this morning that she was visibly ill but she was still very sad. I have a little cry. I was so sad. It’s just the end of an era for our country and the Commonwealth,” said Carly Kidd, co-owner.

Customers come to the store today to buy tea.

They say they drink tea in honor of the Queen.

The owners say they are open all week if people want to stop by.

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