opened as a retail shop in April 2004. This was a project in the
making for many years and finally transpired on a tiny side street
in Coral Gables. The location was originally an office and it
took owner Kyra White a year to accomplish the build out for the
shop and kitchen.
theme for the tea salon was to create a quiet, relaxing environment
with old world warmth. A unique refuge of solace from the everyday
stress we endure. The décor includes wood floors, furniture
and antiques which stimulate feelings of hospitality and home.
Once this retreat for repose was created, the old time tradition
of “taking tea” was incorporated. Theine is not only
a retail shop that carries over 100 varieties of loose leaf teas
and tisanes but a gift shop and educational destination as well.
Each visit will be a learning experience for the tea guests. There
are classes given on tea cupping, grading and history of the teas
and the proper preparation techniques as well.
tea salon will soon offer service from 10-6 p.m. from Tuesday
through Saturday. The menu will include traditional scones with
clotted cream and farmhouse jellies, muffins and pastries for
breakfast. Tea sandwiches will be offered for special occasions
and on designated days. The luncheon menu will consist of light
fare appropriate for a tea room along with the obligatory tea
room cakes, tarts, and other confections.
White is a trained chef and has been a local cooking instructor
and caterer in the area for a number of years. She was raised
in the military and has lived for many years in Europe and Central
America. She brings her life experiences and travels to Theine
and which is very much reflected in the diversified menus to be
offered. She is delighted to share her passion of food and tea
with you. She also advocates a slower paced lifestyle and a return
to the principles and pleasures of a more simple and harmonious
life. She hopes to encourage people to participate in a healthy
habit and to socialize and meet new friends in her neighborhood
establishment. Theine will prove to be an educational, cultural
and social experience to be remembered!