May 2008 Issue
Find out what’s brewing at four unique Ohio tearooms.
By Lynne Thompson and Linda Feagler
The neighborhood coffeehouse has long been the hangout of choice for those in need of caffeine and conversation. But for people who pair traditional fare, a sophisticated air and a relaxing setting with their brewed beverage, Ohio is the perfect spot for a spot of tea.
ZenCha Tea Salon,
Women looking to enjoy a cup of tea with the men in their lives immediately appreciate the Asian-inspired ZenCha Tea Salon in Columbus’ hip Short North district. After all, the sleek and modern salon is a far cry from the stereotypical, flower-and-lace-festooned space that most people envision –– meaning a guy can actually walk in with his head held high. Read More
Sweet Shalom Tea Room,
If you want to take tea at the striking Queen Anne farmhouse that is Sweet Shalom Tea Room in Sylvania, make your reservations well in advance: Both Saturday seatings were sold out at the northwest Ohio spot when we called a week prior to our visit. Read More
The Emerald Necklace Inn & Tea Room,
Like a tin of Twinings, the Emerald Necklace Inn & Tea Room is testament to the fact that good things come in small packages.
Blink and you’ll miss this wisp of a place, perched on a bluff overlooking the Rocky River Reservation in Fairview Park. (The establishment’s moniker pays homage to the Cleveland Metroparks’ nickname.) But its magnanimous stature quickly becomes apparent after stepping across the threshold. Innkeeper Gloria Cipri-Kemer has painstakingly transformed the 165-year-old former general store into a soothing escape that’s part tearoom, part B&B, part day spa –– and total bliss. Read More
It’s hard to imagine what’s more whimsical at The BonBonerie, a bakery in the Queen City: its eclectic tearoom or its to-die-for decorated cakes and fancy cutout cookies. Read More