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Governor Croswell Tea Room

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125 E. Maumee Street Adrian, Michigan 49221, United States 517 - 759 - 4249 Website

Sun closed Mon 11:00am – 4:00pm Tue 11:00am – 4:00pm Wed 11:00am – 4:00pm Thu 11:00am – 4:00pm Fri 11:00am – 4:00pm Sat 11:00am – 4:00pm
Welcome to The Governor Croswell Tea Room at 125 E. Maumee in historic downtown Adrian, Michigan. The tea room restaurant is located next to the 3rd oldest continuosly running theater in the United States, the beautiful Croswell Opera House. The tea room has an outstanding location on the main floor of the beautiful 103 year old Beaux- Arts architectural style Hoefler Building. The tea room is named in honor of the former Adrian resident, Charles M. Croswell, who was the 17th Governor of the State of Michigan from 1877-1881. We offer a "china and linen" tea experience while serving British inspired food. “The Governor Croswell High Tea” will be served daily along with many other menu offerings. The tea room also provides a charming, memorable place to host bridal showers, baby showers, anniversary parties, birthday parties, pre - theater meals, after - theater desserts and many other special events. Memories made in our tea room will continue tp connect generations. This is why we are very happy to share our “special place” with you, your friends and your family. Come and experience the Governor Croswell Tea Room soon. Phyllis and Al Wilkerson Owners

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Recent reviews

    • Ricardo Velasquez

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      I have been to this Tea Room many times and I have never been disappointed. I highly recommend visiting this place here in Adrian, MI. The service is amazing, the environment is next to none and the food will have you wanting to come back after the first bite. Thank You Governor Cromwell Tea Room for such an amazing dining experience.

      Tearoom response:

      Ricardo, Thank You for your review of our tea room. Your continued support is always appreciated. Al and Phyllis

    • Betsy Lackey

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      One of very favorite places anywhere! Delicious food, BEAUTIFUL tea -- whole leaf -- and a wide variety. My husband's favorite is the house tea (cinnamon orange spice) and he always has a bag at home to enjoy as well. We make a point of bringing our out-of-town friends to the tearoom and we've been told by everyone that it is one of the best tearooms they have ever been to. This includes a dear friend who is a world traveler and has spent a lot of time in London.

      Tearoom response:

      Betsy, Thank You for your review and thank you for your tremendous support of our tea room! You and Michael have always been one of our biggest supporters since we opened! Al and Phyllis

    • Robin Raines

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      Love, love, love this place. Food is excellent. I've had it all. Quiche is amazing along with butternut squash soup, cream of asparagus soup and of course the desserts, all of them. It's my grandsons favorite place because of the red pepper soup.

      Tearoom response:

      Robin, Thank You so much for your review, but more importantly thank you for your continued support and loyalty to our tea room. One of our goals was to create a place in Adrian where patrons could create a lifetime of memories with family and friends. You have certainly helped us meet that goal. Thank You for posting Emily's photo. She is missed! Al and Phyllis

    • Linda

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      Life just seems better when one enters the doors of the lovely Governor Croswell Tea Room. The beautiful decor and the pleasant non-intrusive music create a perfect setting for a delicious meal with friends. The teas offerings are smooth and full of flavor, the way tea is meant to be. One feels transported back to a more gentle and refined time and who does not need that?!

      Tearoom response:

      Your first sentence made my day Linda!! We all strive to make our customers life even better each day! Come back and see us real soon and thank you for your review! Phyllis and Al

    • Samantha Calgary

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      Not only is this a rare gem to look at in Adrian but has fantastic, quick service and very friendly staff. The owners are bursting with knowledge and history of the place and Adrian. Really reminiscent of England's own cute and quaint Tearooms.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank You Samantha for your wonderful review! We always enjoy your visits to the tearoom. Your loyalty is appreciated Phyllis and Al

    • Sarah Noble

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      My grandmother, mother, sister, and I love going to new tea rooms and the Governor Croswell Tea Room and Restaurant was one of the best! It was beautiful, elegant, and comfortable. The Shepherd's Pie was delicious and the tea flavor that I chose (Cherry Amaretto) was the table's favorite. Our waitress was wonderful and obliging, very mature for a high school age young lady. It was my grandma's birthday and the wait staff sang one of the best renditions of "happy birthday" we've ever heard, and my family is picky! (We're all musicians!) The owners, Al and Phyllis Wilkerson, were so sweet and checked in with us. They are retired teachers from Romulus and were coaches and teachers to my mom and her siblings. Once they discovered the connection, they had some even lovelier conversation with us and Al gave us a little tour of the tea room and the exterior of the buildings on the historic street where they are located. A truly enjoyable experience. I am sure we will be returning in the future!

      Tearoom response:

      Sarah, Thank You for your wonderful review! We always love connecting with our former students when they visit the tearoom. YWe look forward to seeing you again soon, Phyllis and Al

    • Karla

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      The tea room is a beautiful and historical place to enjoy a delicious meal or pot of tea and dessert with a friend. The staff is friendly and helpful. This place is definitely worth a visit.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank You Karla for your wonderful review! We always enjoy your visits to the tearoom. Your loyalty is appreciated Phyllis and Al

    • Jenni Pagel

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      We have been enjoying the food here since they opened! The atmosphere is very relaxing and the place is decorated beautifully. The owners are always so friendly and go out of their way to make us feel welcome! Everything on the menu is reasonably priced and very flavorful! My girls love to get dressed up and go here for a fancy lunch. They especially love that their drink is served in a personal tea pot. Whether it's for a casual lunch or for a special event this is my family's choice! We are very proud to have this wonderful establishment in our community. When you go, you will definitely not leave disappointed!

      Tearoom response:

      Jenni, Thank You for your wonderful review! We love that we are able to come to Adrian and create a place that helps you create lifelong memories for you and your girls! Thank You for your support and loyalty. Phyllis and Al

    • Paige

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      I got to come here for the first time ever, and I absolutely loved it. The food, tea and service was excellent. I would definitely recommend it if your looking for a nice place to eat

      Tearoom response:

      Thank You Paige for your review! I am glad that you enjoyed yourself at the The Governor Croswell Tea Room!

    • Bonnie M

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      Outstanding, exquisite cuisine graciously served in a delightful, relaxing atmosphere. Amazing variety of food and teas. A truly memorable experience, which I hope to repeat often! I am Canadian-born, and I love my tea! I was happy to see my 3 favourites, English and Irish Breakfast, and Darjeeling, on the menu. I honestly think this is the best restaurant I've ever eaten in and certainly the best of the 3 tea rooms I've experienced. Thank you!

      Tearoom response:

      Thank You Bonnie for your review and we look forward to seeing you again! Phyllis and Al

    • Debra Proudfoot

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      This establishment needs to be known around to have exceptional food. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, I certainly plan on returning

      Tearoom response:

      Debra, Thank You for your wonderful review and we are so glad you enjoyed your lunch with us! Come and see us again. Al and Phyllis Wilkerson

    • Deborah Syder-Proudfoot

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      My husband and I had a very calming experience. the environment was very relaxing with soft music in the background. The decor was excellent.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! We hope to see you again soon! Al and Phyllis Wilkerson

    • C. King

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      I was taken by my sister, Marian, for a birthday tea at this establishment this past June. It was outstanding. It is located in a 125 year old building in quaint Adrian. We had a special window seat reserved for us to celebrate my birthday. The food was outstanding and the individual pots of tea were delicious. The gorgeous chandlers and sconces from the Dearborn Inn were beautiful. This tea room reeks of elegance and is decorated in warm colors and antiques. We will return again, I coming in from AZ will make it an annual stop on my visit to Michigan. The hostess was a class act herself and the owners sound like fantastic people. Shall I pour?

    • Shirley Wilson

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      Governor Crosswell Tearoom is so beautiful as soon as you walk in you are greeted and the service is great, their tea selection has so many choices to select from. We came in about a couple weeks ago and the food was out of this world, they make everything in house i will definitely recommend the governor crosswell tearoom. Thank you for a great time.

      Tearoom response:

      Shirley, Thank You for your wonderful review! Al and Phyllis Wilkerson

    • Carol from Ocala FL

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      A delightful experience! Excellent food and atmosphere. Will highly recommend to Michigan family and friends.

      Tearoom response:

      Carol, Thank You for taking the time to offer your much appreciated kind words. Come in and see us again when you are in Michigan.

    • Devyn

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      A great selection of teas that are brewed and then brought to the table. My writing group and I dropped in for a sweet treat and we were not let down. Try the bread pudding if you're looking for something sweet. The staff were kind and catered to our every request. Exceptional food and service. I highly recommend Governor Croswell Tea Room to anyone.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank You Devyn for your great review. Come and see us again soon!

    • Sheryl White

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      Walking into the Gov. Croswell Tea Room is a memorable experience that ignites all of one's senses, exquisite beauty, delicious tarts, fabulous teas, great conversation, and hospitality. I had the privilege of experiencing a high tea at noon on Sept. 8 with a delightful book club. The owners Phyllis and Al are gracious hosts, and the experience was one I recommend to anyone!

      Tearoom response:

      Sheryl, Thank you for this special review. That day was a special day for all and a day for new friendships for many. Thanks for sharing with us! Phyllis and Al Wilkerson

    • Bob Unis

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      I took my wife for a special day to the Tea Room and she loved it! The food was great, the atmosphere was relaxing and the owners Al & Phyllis Wilkerson even told us the background of the historic building. Everything was perfect-staff, décor and the wonderful desserts. Thank you for a great experience.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank You Bob for your kind remarks. We hope to see you again soon!

    • Joy Smith

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      I hosted a group of 14 to celebrate my mom's 80th birthday and couldn't have been more pleased with the service, the food, the tea and the amazing holiday décor. They even brought my granddaughter her own pot of cocoa! I think GCTR has some new fans as a result!

      Tearoom response:

      Joy, Thank You for choosing our place to make a memory of an important family event. We love to host generation connecting activities. Bring your granddaughter in for lunch one day - 'just her and grandma'. Thanks Again.

    • Carolyn Marr

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      I would have confidence in bringing anyone here. Instantly, you are made to feel welcome and at home. And it is so beautiful, especially now with the Christmas decorations up.

      Tearoom response:

      Carolyn, Thanks for sharing our special place. Please come back to see us again soon!

    • Alisha Bond

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      Perfection. The lightest most delicious tarts I have ever had and treat tea. Wonderful service, I will be visiting again!

      Tearoom response:

      Alisha, Thank You for supporting us and your kind comments. It is truly appreciated.<BR>

    • Joan

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      This was one of the best 'High Tea' experiences i have ever had--and I have had High Tea is 5 star hotels! I can't wait to return to the Governor Croswell Tea Room! If you have never been there-go as soon as possible!

      Tearoom response:

      Thank You Joan for your comments. Come back and see us again soon.

    • Pat

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      I enjoyed high tea today. The atmosphere and staff were delightful. The tea and food were excellent. The menu even includes some husband friendly items. We had a chance to meet the owners, and they couldn't have been more welcoming. I'm looking forward to a return visit.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank You Pat for your comments. Come back and see us again soon and yes many husbands love to visit our tearoom.<BR>

    • Betsy Conant

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      We had a wonderful time at the Tea Room. Thank you for the delicious meal and the fun tour. We will look forward to having another Tea Party with you. Betsy Conant

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks for visiting the tea room and our little town gem<BR> 'The Croswell Opera House'. We hope to see you soon!

    • Belinda

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      I was hoping for a memorable tearoom experience; and from the moment I walked in the door, I was immersed in history and beauty. I was equally as happy with the tea and the food. My seat offered an enchanting view of the beautiful interior as the afternoon sun caused light and shadows to bring added dimension to the upper portion of the room. Everything was grand! I admit I am a wee bit jealous that other reviews mention an impromptu seranade (but I look forward to that on my next visit or the visit after that). But, the hospitality of Al and Phyllis and their willingness to share their love of history and and their city with my little family group warmed my heart (just as it has so many others who frequent Governor Croswell's). The owners and their staff make everyone feel like honored visitors they have been longing to see. Thank you very much.

      Tearoom response:

      Belinda, Thank You for your warm comments. Come and see us again soon!

    • r, reed

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      My mom, daughter and I just visited this wonderful tearoom. It has a very historic feel and the food is delicious. We all had high tea and enjoyed every minute of our time there. The staff was very pleasant and we were blessed to meet the owners and were able to spend quite a bit of time talking to them. I would highly recommend this tea room to anyone in the area or even just passing through. It is a charming establishment and well worth a visit.

      Tearoom response:

      Rachel, Thank You for your comments. Making a 3 generation family memory is why we built our tearoom in Adrian.

    • Deb Repine

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      Five of us came to Adrian to celebrate our friend's birthday. This was the first time any of us had been to The Governor Croswell Tea Room. It was a lovely atmosphere, the food was delicious and the service, impeccable. Mr. Wilkerson the owner, stopped by to chat and give us the history of the area and also a tour of the Opera House next door. It couldn't have been a nicer experience. Given that my friend the birthday girl is an author who writes children's books and personal and town histories, Mr. Wilkerson's information was the icing on the cake. Thank you for a wonderful afternoon. The Ladies from Dexter.

      Tearoom response:

      A long, long overdue thank you. Please make the drive to Adrian from Dexter again soon!!

    • Paddy

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      My husband and were lucky enough to enjoy lunch at Governor Croswell's last week. Neither of us had never been to a tea room and didn't quite know what to expect. Here are my observations: Obviously a great deal of care and reasearch has been done by the owners to present a genuine experience at this facility. The restaurant itself is beautifully appointed with great care given to the details. The food was superb. We both picked a selection from one of the four quiche offerings that day and to say they literally melted in our mouth would not adequately describe how delicious they were. The soups and the cheddar muffins that accompanied our quiches were perfect accents to the quiche and very well seasoned and prepared. I am a stickler about food temperature when presented and I was delighted that my food was served hot - a simple necessity that seem to present a challenge to many restaurants. The wait staff was one of the best we've had. They knew their products (both tea and menu items)as though they had prepared them and could describe them thoroughly and accurately and make confident recommendations based on our questions and preferances. Not only were they a very knowledgeable waitstaff, they were also were very talented singers and we were treated to three songs. We would make the hour and 1/2 return trip to this tea room in a heartbeat. The food, the ambience and the waitstaff make a trip to this tea room a must. The owners, Al and Phyllis are gracious hosts who obviously care great deal about the dining experience their customers receive.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank You Paddy for your wonderful review! I am glad that your first visit to a tea room was the Governor Croswell Tea Room and you enjoyed yourself. Be sure to visit other tearooms in Michigan as you travel. Come to see us again soon.

    • Thomas Wilson

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      With any review, it's important to know a thing or two about the reviewer. Therefore, I'll offer a few crumbs about myself before explaining how I discovered the crown jewel of South Eastern Michigan, Governor Croswell Tea Room & Restaurant: 1. I love tea. I've been drinking it as long as I can remember. From white to oolong, lemon balm to longjing, I LOVE tea. 2. I am a native Canadian and currently live in Toronto, Ontario. The restaurants in Toronto are world class. I am 27 years old and am in my last year of law school. 3. I am a foodie in every sense of the word. I enjoy both new tastes and old. Spoiled by excellent cooking as a child, I know my way around a kitchen and have developed an appreciation for quality ingredients, innovative technique, and good hospitality. 4. I was in the area on a lark—on a road trip with friends to see the sights at Irish Hills. Now that you know a little bit about me, I will say, with confidence, that stumbling upon the Governor Croswell Tea Room was worth the entire 6 hour drive from Toronto. It is, most certainly, a tea room like no other. The room is decorated in a High British style and located in an historic building in the heart of downtown Adrian. Upon crossing the threshold, my friends and I were greeted by the proprietor, Al Wilkerson, who, instead of pointedly asking whether or not we’d like a seat, graciously inquired as to whether we’d like to stay and warm ourselves until the rain subsided—a pleasant start to a memorable afternoon. We took a table against the Western wall and were promptly waited upon by a courteous, charming, and neatly dressed server. I ordered a personal pot of Blackcurrant tea and a miniature lemon square. Shortly after visiting the spotless and handsomely decorated men’s room, I was presented with a steaming and marvellously hand-painted bone china pot. It was love at first drop. The tea was lovely – warm and refreshing, with the sharp and characterful flavour of blackcurrant. The lemon square, which arrived at exactly the right time, was delicious. It was not quite as good as my mother’s, but I’ll admit some bias in the matter. What more, the hospitality at Governor Crowswell’s was without equal. That bears repeating. The hospitality at Governor Crowswell’s was without equal. Al was warm-hearted and more than willing to share his vast knowledge of the area. The wait staff was attentive and very clearly hand-picked by Al. A highlight of the afternoon: the entire restaurant was treated to an impromptu and commanding a cappella performance from one of the tea house’s employees, a young vocal student who boasts a ringing tenor. So please, do yourself a favour and visit Governor Croswell Tea Room. The combination of fine teas, delicate china, beautiful décor, and warm hospitality will leave thirsty for more.

      Tearoom response:

      Thomas,<BR> What a marvelous review of our tea room. Thank You. It was a pleasure to meet all three of you and I commend your bravery for camping out during that cold, rainy weekend. Thanks again for randomly stopping by our new tearoom. We are glad you enjoyed your brief visit. You have a special talent for writing - we will celebrate your first novel ( John Grisham comes to mind) with a book signing at The Governor Croswell Tea Room. Thomas, have continued success with your last year in law school and we hope to see you again soon.......

    • sue sadlocha

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      our waitress brought our food very slowly, and took our plates very late. my mashed potatoes were cold and my shepherds pie bottom was too much gravy not enough meat. i love swwet afton and am hoping for excellence for adrian.

      Tearoom response:

      Sue, We are sorry for your experience. We may not always get it right but we can ALWAYS make it right. I am not sure what the situation was on your slow service but we cannot correct the problem with your food unless you tell someone. Our servers and our manager is always ready to correct any problems immediately. We just need to be informed of the problem.

    • Dori Pentecost, Toledo

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      Our first visit, Traveling Tea Tarts Red Hatters (18), on May 25 was a delight. The staff/service was above average. The food was excellent - loved the homemade soups and scones were to die for. The decor is just beautiful and classy. Phyllis and Al were the perfect hosts. Al even had the Mayor stop in to greet us and then gave us a tour of the Croswell Dinner Theatre.

      Tearoom response:

      Dori, Your group is always so much fun to have at both of our tearooms. We hope to see you again soon.

    • Masahiro and Cindy Kojima

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      Just returned from the GC Tea Room and our first visit. What a treat! The homemade soups, cloth napkins, chinaware and extra attention to details reminded us of fine dining experiences in larger cities and abroad. Affordable, as well. So nice to have the Tea Room in our hometown. We'll be sure to stop in again soon.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank You so much for eating at our tearoom. We had had a wonderful response from the community!

    • Dennis P. Sullivan

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      We came in a party of four for our first visit, in conjunction with the 'Seven Brides' performance at the Croswell Opera House. As long-term attendees, we know that one can always get food in Adrian, just as there is entertainment. The Croswell OH represents entertainment at its finest, just as now the Tea Room represents the finest in dining. What a welcome addition to our theater evening... and right next door! We were treated a small menu, one that was chock full of adventure. I wanted to order everything. Coming to a single choice was a difficult task. We look forward to trying other entrees in future visits. Al was right there to make sure we had the best possible experience. He needn't have been concerned. the wait staff performed impeccably, even unto singing show tunes as we enjoyed our meal. It is possible to order tea in other restaurants in the area. However, to have the wide selection on hand and to be able to sip from Royal Doulton teacups makes the Governor Croswell experience measurably better. Long life and much success to this endeavor.

      Tearoom response:

      Dennis,<BR> Thanks for your kind remarks! We really appreciate your business. Come and see us again and thanks for your support of our 'jewel' - The Croswell Opera House.

    • Jeff Yielding

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      Smiling and gracious staff, absolutely wonderful hot or cold teas, beautiful decor, and desserts that are some of the best I have ever enjoyed! Thanks Al and Phyllis for bringing your winning tea room to Adrian!

      Tearoom response:

      Thank You Jeff. Your support is greatly appreciated!

    • janet brown

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      The Governor's Tea Room in Adrian,Michigan is just fabulous. It is an amazing experience with the great teas, wonderful gourmet foods, and the host, Al Wilkerson and his wife Phyllis are the BEST host any where in the area. They are just awesome and so accommodating to every customer that enters there beautiful facility. I wish them all the best in the world. We will difinitely come back again and again.!

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks Janet for supporting our restaurant and helping us rebuild the historic downtown Adrian. It is a vintage town with a modern spirit. I am glad you enjoyed your experience at the tea room and also it was fun celebrating your sister's birthday. See you soon.

    • The Governor

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      When using the direction asistance provided on Tea Map, your are told a much longer route from the Plymouth area. Travel towards Saline and Clinton. It is about 15 miles shorter.

      Tearoom response:

      Governor Croswell,<BR> You must be using your new Garmin!

    • Barb

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      We recently visited your Plymouth, Michigan restaurant, Sweet Afton Tea Room. If it will be the same type of food offered then we can't wait for you to open. A lot of Toledo friends will be visiting.