First you have to understand that after visiting some extraordinary tea rooms through the years in Michigan, Kentucky and Ohio - my expectations are very high. For me, my experience at the Pickwick Society Tearoom was average at best. After making a reservation for two, I had traveled a long way (from Michigan) to visit the #1 tearoom in Illinois, only to be greeted very lukewarmly (even after sharing how far I had come). We were off to a bumpy start, but after asking to shift our table assignment to a location better fitting intimate conversation (the table for two on the porch), I asked the same hostess to 'tell us a little about the history of the tearoom.' She abruptly excused herself and disappeared into the kitchen, never to return. 'Kevin' did return however, and anything positive that happened from there on out was due to his kind and professional customer service. He's a keeper. Tearoom Average - Kevin's customer service, Excellent!
I returned to Thyme Well Spent Tea Room yesterday for some long overdue BFF time with my friend Koni. Our tea reservation was for 1:00 p.m. We didn't leave until 3:30 p.m. after a leisurely afternoon of tea, lunch, intimate conversation and perusing vintage gift items. The mouton jacket was calling my name, but so were a beautiful pair of Aurora Borealis earrings. In the end, the earrings called the loudest. Thyme Well Spent Tea Room and Gift Shoppe -- where grown up girls go to play.
Carol<BR> So happy to hear that you found something<BR> special from the gift shop. Many new things<BR> have arrived for the summer. Hope to see you!<BR> Nancy
Christine and Percious, Nikki and I have just returned to work after a leisurely afternoon tea luncheon with you both. The sacred space that you have created for spirits who love to “tea” is extraordinary. Only kindred spirits can fully appreciate the breathing space that is the Purple Door. My cousin and I are two such wise women. Experiencing a tea room for the first time is like the anticipation of opening a present that you’ve just received. This present did not disappoint. I’ve come to know that each tea room has their own unique personality and flavor, their own unique intention…and the rule of thumb is to arrive a blank slate, take a deep breath and experience what has been created for you. You pass through an art gallery on the first level. The art pieces and gift items immediately brighten your spirit. Who doesn’t love the combination of shopping and tea! You climb the stairway and in the corner of Percious’ Something Different Boutique -- you see it tucked in the corner…The Purple Door. We’ve arrived. My cousin Nikki and I walk through the door, exhaled and were so grateful that we’d come. The tables for two lent themselves to intimacy and conversation, yet it’s easy to see that if your party is more than two, your friends would still be close enough for comfort. Thank you for the urban pleasure, right in the heart of Detroit. One day, when the daytime hustle and bustle has returned to Downtown -- you may have missed the opportunity. Make time and reserve your tea time now. It’s a tea location worth sharing. Thank you for letting us linger. With gratitude, Cousins Carol Moore and Nikki Moss (April 2, 2008)