I'm wasn't really into tea culture before I visited Kate's! Now, I can't wait to make the six hour drive from L.A. to Columbia to visit it again. Aside from a vast array of teas (my favorite rooibos tea came in about 10 varieties), the staff members were friendly and patient even when hoards of tourists showed up. No one rushed us or made us feel anything but welcome while we finished our delicious tea, soup and sandwiches (vegan options, no less!). I also found myself spellbound by the dazzling array of on-trend yet unique clothing items and jewelry. Owner Clare creates many of the pieces herself, even my favorite steam punk cuffs and earrings! The combination of architectural charm, history and warm smiles makes this my favorite teahouse and an amazing cultural experience.