LOVEJOY’S TEA ROOM OPENS IN ASHLAND
According to Wikipedia, human beings have had a fascination with tea since the year 2737 BC in China. Now, 5758 years later in faraway Ashland, Lovejoy’s Tea Room opened at 96 N. Main, #201, on May 21st to an appreciative tea-loving crowd.
“I started visiting Ashland many years ago and always wanted to open up a tea room here,” said owner Muna Nash. “I purchased a vacation home four years ago and have just recently relocated from the San Francisco area to run Lovejoy’s. I have owned and operated tea rooms for the last twenty years and love creating a magical space for people to relax and enjoy the ritual of taking tea.”
You just don’t drink at Lovejoy’s, you experience it.
“Lovejoy’s is about the ritual of taking tea in a most unique and unpretentious setting,” Muna said. “We blend the tradition of tea service with an eclectic, quirky, and playful spirit. Lovejoy’s has been described as cozy, magical, whimsical, and charming. It is filled with mismatched china and furniture, handmade tea cozies, broken china mosaics, and an assortment of collectibles that will delight the eyes.”
Customers can expect a sense of comfort, delight, and pampering at the store.
“Many have said that it feels like entering into a magical world,” Muna said. “It is a place to forget one’s worries for a few hours. We offer our renowned Queen’s Tea Service. Reservations for this two-hour tea time are required. Guests will enjoy dainty tea sandwiches, organic spring greens with a balsamic-Dijon vinaigrette, a selection of fresh fruit, warm scones with clotted cream and preserves, toasted crumpets with lemon curd, petits fours and a bottomless pot of tea. Served on multi-leveled tiers with mismatched china and delightful teapots, this service is the perfect complement to a theater performance or to celebrate a special occasion. The experience will please the palate and nourish the soul.”
The “Tea Shoppe” features tea accessories such as tea cozies, strainers, tea cups, tea pots, serving tiers and bric-a-brac, where guests may find everything one might need to create their own tea time experience at home. They also sell retail teas, lemon curd, scones, and crumpets to fully enjoy an at-home tea time.
“We also have a few tables for walk-in guests to enjoy a quick cuppa and ‘tiny bites’ from our menu,” Muna said. “We hope to open a ‘Tea Bar’ by the fall, where we will feature daily tea flights alongside light finger foods, so that our guests may enjoy a curated sampling of our wide variety of teas.”
Muna has definitely immersed herself in the “ritual” over the years.
“I love travelling and spent a significant amount of time in England and Ireland,” she said. “I loved driving in the countryside and coming across a tearoom in some small town. I ran a hostel in the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland, and on Sundays, we would serve afternoon tea. I want to recreate for others the feeling of discovering a special place, a charming surprise.”
For more info, call 541-708-6718 or visit them at lovejoystearoom-ashland.com and on Facebook.