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Saturday, May 31, 2014

SocraTea: Detroit and My History with Tearooms


I've been posting some blurbs to Bubblews about some tearooms, especially SocraTea. I know all of you remember me blogging about the Lincoln Room, which sadly closed in May 2014. I want to make SocraTea my new hangout when I move to Roseville because I loved that tearoom and it has that welcoming feel. Here are the two blurbs I posted to Bubblews: one about the Lincoln Room and one about SocraTea. I think I'm going to combine them for my book to show why I have such a pull to tearooms. Of course, I'll write how I went when I was a little girl (the picture on the left from 2000 is of my cousins: Maddie and Kaitlyn and I at a Cape May tea house). I think that could be good. :) Let me know what you think so far.

The Lincoln Room was one of my favorite places in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Sadly, it closed its doors on May 15, 2014. I remember noticing the tearoom one morning in early April 2009 on my way to West Chester University as I looked out the window of bus 92. I asked one lady if she ever had been into the Lincoln Room; she answered no. I knew I had to try it; I  Googled the Lincoln Room and made my reservations. It was a great find, which led to every year since winter 2009 mom, dad, Aunt Peg, Maddie, Aunt Kathy, Kaitlyn and I went to the Lincoln Room for a pre-New Years Eve tea to celebrate that year. It really was a nice two hours out -- we always talked, laughed and caught up. The tea was a nice way to get ready to celebrate the year, which 2011 was the best year with going to Green Bay, Wisconsin to see the Packers, changing my major and just being successful. 2012 was sad because nan was getting sicker. We didn't go in 2013 because I graduated and I didn't want to go back to West Chester for personal reasons.
I also always bought teddy bears at the Lincoln Room and as Joellen and Susan said to me and summed it up perfectly: "you have added a lot of our bears to your collection." Yes, yes I have. I love the Bearington Bear collection bears and this is one of the few places that sell them and the one they pick out, well, they speak to me. Regretfully, I never said goodbye to the Lincoln Room before it closed the doors. However, I am friends with the former owner on Facebook and she wishes me luck with the Michigan endeavors.

When I first decided that I would like to move to the Detroit Metro Area, I joined a group on Facebook called #Hashtag Detroit. A week before my trip, I asked the founder of #Hashtag Detroit for an activity guide to the city because I thought it would be neat to sight see after I looked at apartments in Roseville and seek employment. On the site there was a tearoom listed called SocraTea. SocraTea is located on Garfield Suite, which is right off of Woodward Avenue in Downtown Detroit. Opening its doors in 2012, SocraTea is a laid back tearoom and is opened from 10 in the morning to 6 in the evening (10 am- 3 pm on Sundays).

The young lady that was working the day I visited was very nice and professional. Since I was a newbie, she explained their tea selection and I tried the tea of the day: a jalepeno tea (it was too spicy for me). I saw a fruity white tea and ordered a pot of that along with two scones. The owner, Meg, wasn't there that day; however, I've talked to and corresponded with her about employment and she's very professional and cares about her clientele. Many writers like to hang out at SocraTea to work on their latest poem or novel while eating scones or finger foods and sipping on a cup of tea. SocraTea has an assortment of teas ranging from white to black teas and you can try any of them before you buy a pot of them.

It was inexpensive: my pot of tea and two scones were $5. The scones were fluffy and to die for! I had blueberry, but I believe there are other flavors of scones as well. When you walk in, you're presented with a menu. It's not elaborate, but they are near Seva Detroit (Vegan and Vegetarian restaurant) and many of the downtown restaurants.


The wonderful owners of the Lincoln Room and I.

Christina's 21st birthday at the Lincoln Room. 2012.



Outside of SocraTea: Detroit

One of many teacup selfies at SocraTea that will come! :)



I applied to four jobs today; I found one job that I would really love: Freelance Travel Writer and Photographer. I'm hoping I'm considered since I'm relocating to Roseville. I feel confident and good about things. :) Things are looking up! Here is My First Time Visiting Detroit article. Enjoy! :)

2 comments:

  1. A nice piece about your fondness for tearooms. :) There are many tearooms here in this country and I think there's one in my town; when you do get to visit here, you'd like Stratford-upon-Avon for its links to Shakespeare and for its tearooms!

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    1. Yes! I want to see the UK now... after my parents went to Ireland, it looked pretty nice. I think I would like the UK. :D

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