The Tea House in Sarasota, Florida
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carol who rated this place
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The shop is in a renovated older home and has a friendly character. There is a nice outside sitting area set up for tea parties as well as casual drinking. There is also inside seating which had several customers that appeared to be regulars. The teas are behind the counter so the staff had to bring each one over so I could take a sniff. She was terrific! Friendly, patient and great sense of humor. Several teas I wanted to try were out of stock. This tea shop had lovely looking pastries which I couldn’t try because I’m trying to diet. The teas that I have tried are lovely. I will certainly go back when I visit Sarasota again.

carol who rated this place
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After wandering through the lovely Shelby Gardens and Conservatory we came upon the lovely Carriage House with the Local Coffee and Tea Shop. Very friendly staff, several teas to sample and a large variety of teas. Many are unique blends named for local attractions. After buying many teas (6 -2oz packages) they gave me an additional two ounce package for free. The tea I sampled that night (CreativiTea) was so good that I went to a farmer’s market the next day to pick up some more.

Serene Teaz in Wheaton, Illinois
5/5
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carol who rated this place
5/5
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A nice little tea shop with an attentive but not pushy staff. They offer to make any tea for you to try. I tried 3 teas and they did not seem annoyed. Their prices were reasonable. The tea is arranged on shelves with sample leaves to smell. I find that much easier than Teavana where you have to ask about each tea and can’t really browse through all the teas. They also have them already bagged so there is no 2.8 oz when you ask for 2 oz. They have a small amount of pastry. They have lovely tea ware at a variety of prices. Their tea is good quality and they have a wide variety. They offer tea classes and special events.

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Retired first grade teacher. I tend to like dessert type/herbal teas as a substitute for sweet treats; flavored black teas and mates to get that energy that I am often lacking ;-p
My husband of 42 years thinks I’m nuts regarding the whole tea thing… but he bought me a Breville for Christmas, so what can I say. :-D
My other interests are reading (books go well with tea :D) and beading. I volunteer at my “old” school teaching reading and I volunteer for the blind. I am trying hard to lose weight and am really trying to increase my exercise. I am now walking about 4 miles a day and I am trying to do some core work for about 30 min. 3x a week.

I have been watching Doctor Who for 32 years. In case you can’t tell my avatar is two daleks drinking tea! I am always open to swapping Doctor Who books for tea. I have about 120 Doctor Who books that I am eager to send some to a fan. :D Let me know if you would like any books! I love that so many people have begun watching DW!

Also I love swaps, pm me if you’d like to do a swap.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available or it’s on a really good sale :-)

50-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

Below 50 Meh! Wouldn’t bother drinking it again.

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Elgin IL

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