As soon as you walk in the door, Karma Tea and Tonics will get you. . . . from its sleek, contemporary furnishings to its gleaming wall display of loose tea selections, you'll feel like a superstar - and how right you are!
It's a stretch, I know, but as a life-long Beatles fan, I can't help but think of John Lennon whenever I hear "karma" and, although his "Instant Karma" had nothing really to do with tea rooms, it does seem to have some application to this unique establishment: an uncluttered, yet sophisticated interior that any individual or group will feel comfortable at. It's a place, if you will, where we can all shine on. On the particular day of our visit, we saw an eclectic group of visitors from small families, to students, to office professionals, sipping tea while conversing, reading or looking over laptops.
We met the owner, Terri Heard. who has been running Karma Tea and Tonics since 2008. According to Teri, the tea room was the kind of business she was looking for - a gathering place to serve quality teas and host special events like poetry readings and book signings. In fact, Terri's daughter has written three books of poetry which can be found on the gift shop shelf occupying a portion of the tea room's east wall.
The teas, of course, are the focal point and they come in selections of choice, premium and elite; going up the scale of quality and price, accordingly. I sampled Monkey Gold, which is a hearty black tea. I found it smooth and nutty. My only regret was not trying a tonic. These are liquids comprised of fruit and herbs that add flavor and other benefits to your drink. That will give us something to look forward to at our next visit.
In addition, you will want to check out the display of loose teas - as fun to look as it is to sample. Every tea Karma sells is on exhibit in a clear glass container. You can open any one of them up to inspect and inhale the aroma of the tea inside. Aside from trying out a tonic, next visit I'm certain to ask for a pina colada tea. It had me at first sniff.
We were served tea in paper cups, which works well for some occasions, but not all. However, we were told china is available, so if that's your preference, make it known when you order.
So, when in Ferndale, check out Karma Tea and Tonics and - you knew this was coming - "dine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun".
Karma Tea and Tonics, "Bar-style Tea Lounge", located at 309 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale, MI.