Teatime Across the Pond

. . . or, perhaps down the street in the brand new tea shop that has opened in the neighboring town of Millville – in the heart of the Arts District there – named, “Across the Pond”.  Just a ten minute drive for me to step into the bliss of the gentile tradition of an English teatime, and the embellishments of all things British.

For today’s tea, I am featuring the dream of shop-owner, Karen Buck, who has brought a plethora of pretty things for the discerning Anglophile and tea drinker.  Welcome to “Across the Pond”!

When you step into the shop you are greeted with the soothing strains of Baroque string quartets, immediately inviting one to linger.  The scent of steeping teas waft nearby as our hostess cheerfully greets you and offers a cuppa while you browse.  I went with the spicy cinnamon apple.  Yum!

Much browsing to be done, I assure you!  Beginning with Karen’s unique mosaic renderings of teapots re-purposing broken and chipped china, giving what might have been cast-offs new life as teatime decor.

My favorite is this sweet birdhouse teapot – with half a cup just outside the door for birdie treats while he relaxes in teatime elegance!

Shelves are chock full of feminine decor that would assist teascapes and table tops with pampered hospitality.

British imports are sprinkled liberally all about – not the least of which is immediately to my left as I enter – an authentic telephone box.

Just a whim of a purchase Karen had on one of her trips “across the pond”.  Actually, she lived there with her children in the mid-1990’s when her  husband was transferred to London.  Souvenirs for all London Lovers are available to deck your halls in the Union Jack!

Of course, I’m not so much about the city – I dream of a three month sojourn in the middle of the English countryside, reading and writing amid the tranquility of a thatched roof cottage in a quaint little village – much like this precious tea set . . .

So much to choose from in the way of cups and pots!  From lovely seasonal teapot designs . . .

. . . to the totally whimsical in teapot selections . . .

. . . to elegance abounding with Victorian ladies gathering about equally elegant furnishings, for a cup and conversation . . .

. . . perhaps using this stunning Royal Sealy footed rose and lustreware teacup – Oh!  How I wanted to take this one home!

But, you must know there were so many beautiful cups to see – I could only really take home just one.  And, I got a beauty!  My first Ansely – found displayed here in a curio . . .

. . . now sitting on my own tea cabinet.  A special post with better photos on that later!

But, what to put in the cups?  Well, that takes me to the tale of the Vintage Rose Tearoom – formerly located across the street from this new tea shop: 

It shared a wall with the historic Levoy Theatre that was in the process of being completely gutted and renovated.  Just after this past new year, the 100 year old plus walls COLLASPED – destroying our lovely tea shop.  Tea hostess, Gail Chovari, had barely enough time to escape the building before it came tumbling down.  She lost almost everything.  
Thankfully, she had closed the shop for the month of January so there were no patrons.  It had been the most elegant of tea shops with a sterling menu and atmosphere.  Our “Across the Pond” owner, Karen, had actually worked as a tea hostess under Gail because she loved the tradition so much.  
Now, they are partnered again, as Gail sells her assortment of fine leaf teas under her own Vintage Rose Tea name!  Don’t you just love a happy ending!

I picked up a Rooibos Carmel Apple and an Almond Cookie green tea concoction that features coconut to take home with me!  Delicious!

Eventually, they hope to serve more sit down teas like the old Vintage Rose, and sponsor special programs.  I know I’ll be keeping my eyes and ears open for what’s up Across the Pond – and plan “treat-for-me” visits!

I hope you enjoyed this little bit of the Brit teatime – Part Two next week – “Tea With A Queen!”

Sharing this Teatime Across the Pond today with:

Sandi on Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Wanda Lee’s Tea for Two at The Plumed Pen
Wanda Lee’s Tea Pots & Tea Things Tuesday at The Silken Purse
Trisha’s Tea Party Tuesday at Sweetology
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness Tuesday at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Trish’s LACE Wednesday at Lily Rose Cottage
Thursday Teacups and Tea Things at Antiques and Teacups

ACROSS THE POND information:  E-mail Karen at acrossthepondnj@yahoo.com if you would like any more information about anything you have seen in today’s post that delights you!
 

Comments

  1. What a fabulous travelogue of a post! I wish I had such a tearoom close. You are blessed! Wonderful. A sad story about your other local tea room, but a good ending! Thanks for the wonderful photos of places I would love to visit!
    Ruth

  2. Dear Kathryn,
    Oh yes, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit! What a fabulous tea post! I love the many whimsical teapots and other tea things. How lovely to be able to visit there. It sounds charming. Your Ansely teacup is gorgeous and I’d love to see more photos of it. Thank you for sharing with us today and I wish you a delightful week, my friend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  3. She certainly has a wide range of whimsical items in her shop.

  4. Hi Kathryn,

    Thanks for sharing your tea room visit with such wonderful photos. It looks like a lovely place to spend an hour or an afternoon. :) The teacup and saucer you purchased are gorgeous! I love all things English, or British — would probably qualify as a true Anglophile. I visited England and Ireland 12 years ago when my husband was working there on a project for his company. I thoroughly enjoyed the visit, and like you, I much prefer the country villages to London. We stayed in an old mill (listed in the Domesday Book) which had been converted into a home and B & B. I LOVED it. We spent a day in London, and that was fun too. I do love English teas, but I tend to like the traditional flavors, breakfast teas, Fortnum and Mason Royal Blend, etc. Looking forward to your next post on the tea room.

    Denise

  5. I may have a touch of JEA. 10 minutes would get me in big trouble, I have a feeling. This was such a beautiful post…and a feast for the eyes, too.

  6. Oh Kathy! I’m so happy for Karen, to have such a great little tea shoppe and glad for Gail too! I hope they have lots of fun and great success! Their tea-things are so pretty and they have a wonderful assortment of teas. The women from our area will be so pleased, to have a place to meet, find unique gifts, and share their love of tea, as they used to enjoy Gail’s tearoom so very much! This is so exciting!

  7. I’m in love!! Fabulous shop, lovely items. I would go straight over to the chalkboards…and then the British food, then the tea ~ Well, I guess I would be in there for awhile! lol~ Nice candid shots, Kathryn. I think the pumpkin teapot would be so festive on the Thanksgiving table, don’t you? Nice post.
    HUGS~

  8. How utterly ‘delish’ Kathy.. I would so love to be there.., Oh my!

    Thanks so much for sharing your inspiring visit to England and teatime treasures that you found!

    Hugs, Wanda Lee

  9. Hello Kathryn.
    this is a store after my mind. I would love to browse there. So many nice, pretty, precious or whimsical things and lot with roses on it. Thank you for sharing this delightful shopping tour.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  10. I came here last night and then got bumped off before I could even finish reading this post. It was definitely worth the waiting until this morning! I would get totally caught up in a place like that. My favorite part of all is the mosaic work. I love treasures created from what could be cast offs.

    I hope you’re doing well and that circumstances are improving. I am still lifting you regularly!

  11. That is a lovely story and a beautiful tea shop. It’s so nice to have a good old fashioned teashop instead of the modern day trendy coffee shops springing up everywhere. We have a new teashop with all the vintage china that has just opened close to us, it’s quite refreshing to not only take tea there but to also peak in the old fashioned windows on our daily walk. xx

  12. What a beautiful place! Almost feels like a trip to England. I hope you do get to go to England like you wish to do someday. Very interesting shop. Thanks for the tour! Twyla

  13. If I lived close I would definitely visit this shop often. Your Ainsley is beautiful, happy sipping !

    BTW, any sign of Doctor Who in the British phone booth? :)

  14. Thank you so much for the tour of “Across the Pond”! It really is a special shop. I would love to visit it. I could see many things I love there. Your new tea cup is gorgeous! Can’t wait to see more about it!
    Hugs,
    Terri

  15. What a fun tour of “Across the Pond”! I love the tea mosaics she has made. Goodness, I wouldn’t know where to look first! Love your new teacup! Happy Tea Day!

  16. What a fun and pretty place to visit! She has so many wonderful things in this shop! Thank you for taking us along for the tour! Have a fun day!

  17. What a fun tour…I saw the theatre or what was left of it. What a shame!

    Thanks for sharing your tea time with us…

  18. Oh wow – what a pretty place!!
    I would lose a lot of time in that lovely shop – and probably more money than I should as well lol!
    I LOVE the re-purposed teapots – what fun 😀
    It’s nice to have such wonderful shops to visit.
    Thanks for taking us with you, Kathy.
    blessings..Trish

  19. Kathryn! Love this place – she has put so much charm into it! Love the creative teapots! I had to Pin the birdhouse one!
    So special!
    Kathy

  20. What a beautiful place, Miss Kathy! love those teapots and the phone booth. Thank you for sharing.

  21. What a delightful post!

    Such a lovely shop and your tea cup is lovely!

    Thanks for sharing it with us!

    Deanna

  22. What wonderful and unique tea pots – perfect for a very special and fancy big or little girl tea party with your grandchildren! Just shared this on Facebook :)

  23. Wow what a beautiful place. And what a sad story about the collapsed wall. Thanks for taking us on this little tour and sharing the story.

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

  24. Without a doubt, you have the very best stores to visit!

    I loved this post. What a clever woman that Karen is – I love her *recycled* teapots. Some people are just so creative.

    My goodness, Gail was lucky! And yes, I’m all for a happy ending, and her story made me smile.

    I love your latest addition to The Teacup Family that you have adopted. She is a beauty.

    Well, I think perhaps it’s time to sit down for a spot of tea, and perhaps a hearty meal of fish and chips. I say, old chap, carry on…

    xo

  25. I just love visiting! I am so excited about the lovely things in this shop! So glad you shared with A Return to Loveliness!
    God Bless,
    Kathy

  26. Hi Kathy,
    I would love to have a beautiful tea shop like ‘Across The Pond” near me. I would definately be a regular. I wish the ladies well in their endeavours.
    I enjoy your posts,they are always uplifting and pretty.
    I have been on holiday for a month and I’m enjoying catching up with L.A.C.E friends.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  27. Hi Katheryn: I felt like saying, I want this and one of those and some of that, and more of this. This shop was amazing. Sorry to hear it is gone. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. It was an amazing trip. Blessings, Martha

  28. What an amazing store, I think I might go broke…no I know I would. I have dreamed on owning a mosaic teapot set for some time but I often find other things more pressing for that kind a CHACHING! This was fun to see and looks like you enjoyed it as well!

  29. Hi Kathy, what an amazing blog. The shop is delightful, everything so beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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