As we approach the holidays and year’s end, I want to express my thanks to my customers and staff for making The Tailored Tea such a special place.
When I opened the teahouse last year, I was preparing to retire from teaching high school Spanish after twenty-five years while organizing and catering events part-time for about ten years. The positive reaction from guests at these events encouraged me to set out on my goal to open a teahouse. My vision was and continues to be to provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, with simple, gracious hospitality, which inspires us to slow down a bit and enjoy good food and tea, along with conversation with friends and family.
Many people ask me about my linens and china collection. It’s a work in progress! Since I grew up in Central NYS, my favorite maker is Syracuse China, but of course, I’m fond of English, European, and Asian china as well! I now have people donating dishes and linens to the teahouse, and they often tell me they want to see them used instead of sitting in a cupboard. These generous gestures continue the historical and family-centered theme of The Tailored Tea: many generations come together in this 1806 farmhouse and forge connections with an earlier time as they create new traditions. So whether it’s toddlers playing in the dress-up trunk, baby boomers remembering a linen or china pattern from grandma’s house, couples celebrating their one year or fifty year anniversary, bridal and baby showers full of anticipation of new beginnings, business people or friends meeting over lunch, I thank you all for your continued support.
Thanks to my dedicated staff of kitchen and dining room employees who each contribute to providing a special service to our guests. I also appreciate the support of the Albany Airport Authority, which owns the Historic Hills house that is home to The Tailored Tea. We hope to be good stewards of this lovely, restored farmhouse for many years.
As my business has grown, my family has grown, as well. I’m now a grandmother to two lovely girls, Maya Collette and Lucia Lisette, who were born on April 24 in NYC. I look forward to seeing them grow, learn, and appreciate all the opportunities that life offers them.