Sunday, November 11, 2007

Holiday Tea Gifts for Everyone!

Just in time for the holidays, Elmwood Inn teas and books have arrived at Barb's TEA Shop! Start (or complete!) all your shopping with BTS' great selection of fine tea gifts.

We now carry Elmwood Inn fine teas (loose and bags). How about the delightful "Christmas in a Cup" tea, warm and inviting with a touch of cinnamon to "spice" up your holidays! Nicely packaged in a red label, why not pair up with Serenity Green tea, to add a bit of traditional color to your table! We also have a full-line of beautifully photographed books by Bruce and Shelley Richardson (see "Celebri-Teas blog entry below). The pages are filled with original and tasty recipes from their years of running their successful tea room at the Inn. The Elmwood Inn book series are autographed by the Richardson's. Buy one or all three. What a special gift that would make!

For those who love to travel, consider one of Bruce Richardson's "Great Tea Rooms" books. We have "The Great Tea Rooms of America" and "The Great Tea Rooms of Britain". We also have the "Tea in the City" series which feature London, Paris and New York. The tea-lover on your list will enjoy charting their next tea excursion with these fun guides!

In addition, BTS also offers several British Imports teas and is the exclusive carrier in the local area for "Civiltea" - a delightful black tea made specifically by Harney Tea for Tea Etiquette Consultants of the Protocol School of Washington.

Finally, don't forget we offer another exclusive line of Barb's Tea Shop private label curds: lemon, strawberry champagne and key lime. We can sell individually or in a set. For truly one-of-a-kind gifts, ask about our custom tea-shaped baskets, in all sizes and budgets.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Friends With TEA are Friends Indeed!

Barb's TEA Shop can now be viewed on Elizabeth Knight's "Tea With Friends" Website. Have a bite of the Big Apple with your next cup of tea and enjoy these enchanting web pages!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Second Holiday Tea Added to the Community House

Due to an overwhelming response to Barb's TEA Shop's Holiday Tea, The Community House in Birmingham has scheduled a second event in December. The first Holiday Tea, December 3rd, was filled last month. To accommodate additional requests, a second tea on December 5th is now available. Sign up early to attend this seasonal event!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Barb's TEA Shop to Host Tea Events at The Community House in Birmingham

This fall, Barb's TEA Shop will host a "Teddy Bear Tea and Etiquette" class for children. The event will be Saturday, September 29th from 1:00 - 3:00. Young people will have fun learning manners while having "tea" with their favorite doll, teddy bear or other stuffed animal.

In December, BTS will present "Holiday Tea and Etiquette". In a fun and informative evening, guests will learn the customs and courtesies associated with the most civilized ceremony as well as an introduction to the different types of teas, some delicious holiday tea recipes and how to brew the “perfect pot”. A discussion of tea etiquette will provide the essentials of afternoon tea protocol. In addition, a few “must see” tea rooms will be highlighted. This will be held on Monday, December 3rd from 7:00 - 8:30.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Barb's TEA Shop - In the News!

Barb's TEA Shop was recently featured on page 2 of The Detroit Free Press.

BTS received additional media coverage in The Troy Times and The Observer Eccentric.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Barb's TEA Shop Celebri -Teas Spring 2007

Barb's TEA Shop hit the road the first half of 2007 for a few exciting tea adventures and to connect with some of the true leaders in the tea industry.

In March, BTS, traveled to Louisville, Kentucky for the impressive Kentucky Crafted Market, a gathering of top artists of the region who create unique products for hearth and home. Here we met up with Shelly and Bruce Richardson, authors of several tea books and purveyors of fine teas. Always warm and welcoming, the Richardsons are unquestionably knowledgeable and passionate about tea.

Barb's TEA Shop now carries a full-line of Elmwood Inn teas as well as tea books from the Richardson's, Benjamen Press. These books cover topics from must-see tea rooms to delicious afternoon tea recipes, all with beautiful photographs and illustrations. For more information on ordering tea or these wonderful tea books, contact Barb's TEA Shop at

Then, off to the Big Apple last month to take a one-on-one tea tour of the city with renowned author, tea sommelier, and lecturer, Elizabeth Knight. We spent an intense day of shopping, sipping, and tasting throughout Manhattan: from sampling tea-infused chocolates at a specialty chocolatier to visiting New York's premier sources for antique and museum-quality reproductions of English and European tableware. We purchased an exquisite Limoge tea cup, the pattern of which was copied from the design selected by Marie Antoinette for china used at Versaille. It is très beau and BTS is opening up a money-market CD to save for a second one.

We visited several other tea rooms in the area as well as a quick trip downtown, via subway, to Greenwich Village. Our tea tour culminated in a relaxing and delightful afternoon tea at a charming tea room overlooking Madison Avenue. A most fitting ending to an enlightening tea tour of New York!

Barb's TEA Shop Seminars, now offers a "Tea in New York" presentation, complete with a slide show of all the requisite tea-time stops and, of course, a view of Marie-Antoinette's tea cup! For more information on "Tea in New York" or any other of our tea talks, contact Barb's TEA Shop at or visit our website at