Thursday, May 20, 2010
Would You Care For Some Tea & Scones?
On an ordinary day of running errands, I happened upon a little shop nestled out of sight from the main street. I admit, I must have passed this place a few dozen times and never once noticed it. If it weren't for the fact the Man needed to go into the locksmith located next door to it I probably would still be oblivious to it's existence.
For a girl like me, venturing into a locksmith shop is not "my cup of tea". So when asked if I was going inside with him I replied "No." I did look around the little plaza and a window immediately caught my eye. It was dressed in lace curtains and had an antique bronze planter in the shape of a tricycle centered in the display with a lovely array of cascading plants and a table with beautiful teapots and tea cups and saucers. It was calling my name. I ventured out of the car, told the Man I would be next door and went to explore this delightful little shop that caught my eye.
As I opened the door and stepped through the threshold, I was transported to another little world. The tiny little shop had a small bakers case filled with all kinds of scones and the counter behind it with a delightful array of different teas in large tins and a pair of two clear water jugs. About a dozen little tables set for four were neatly set with fresh linens all around. I couldn't help but smile as I saw the wallpapered walls adorned with antique pictures of the shop owners family. Even though the shop is quite small, the owner took the time and love to select key pieces, like a beautiful antique china cabinet filled with tea sets and antique frames, and a low chest of drawers with about half a dozen more pictures. Each of the patrons tables were adorned with one of a kind teapots and cups and saucers. I was instantly enamoured by the place.
The Man walked in, having finished his errand next door, to see what I happened upon. And he knew by the gleam in my eye and the smile on my face... I found a little piece of heaven. I ordered 3 different variety of scones for us to try. And indeed, as I thought, they were heavenly!
Since then, I drive to the little tea and scone shoppe two mornings a week to purchase my fresh scones. The shop owner even greets me by name. I have also found a new variety of tea I am in absolute love with: Pomegranate Green Tea.
It is a wonderful thing to find a little unknown place that is pure gold and be able to make it part of your life's routine. It's even better when you can share your find with friends.