Nicole and Karin are a mother and daughter team with a passion for freedom and tea, and they have recently opened their own local storefront that reflects these passions! Freedom Society is part tea room and part gift shop; it sells stunning handcrafted products made by survivors of human trafficking and each sale helps to bring freedom and empowerment around the world. The tea room portion will be officially opening in January. The pair lived in Devon, England for several years in a small countryside town where their family had immigrated from, and they soon became obsessed with all things tea and scones. During that time, Nicole also started her own freedom business called Polished Pearl, which makes beautiful bridal accessories made by survivors. She now runs her business internationally and serves on the worldwide board of the Freedom Business Alliance. Karin has loved cooking and baking since she was little, and after taking several classes and interning at a bakery, she is excited to bring those beloved British flavors of classic cream tea and high tea to downtown Fredericksburg.