High Tea is almost ready on the South Hill | Arts & Culture
A mother-daughter team is about the bring the Victorian era back to Spokane's South Hill one cup of tea at a time. Silver Spoon Tea House plans on opening by the start of June and the historic setting will take you back to the time of white gloves and calling cards.
Sylvia Erickson bought the former home of Spokane business pioneer Levi Monroe in October and has been working with her daughter, Lara McHenry, to bring their dream of a tea house to life. The home is listed on the National Historical Registry and has been under renovation for the last few years.
“It was too perfect to pass up,” says Erickson. She explains that so many homes from that time period have been divided into apartments and commercial spaces. This house was perfect for High Tea.
Erickson and McHenry are both avid tea lovers and in a city filled with coffee shops and cafes they saw a need for something different. McHenry describes Spokane as a very social city and the tea house will offer a “nostalgic sort of escape” for people to share.
While Silver Spoon Tea House is waiting for paper work to finalize before they open, the house is ready for a tea party. The front living space will feature walk-in tea, french press coffee and pastries in the mornings. Other rooms in the house are set up for reservation only tea services.
Tea services range from $22-$28 and feature different types of teas, cakes and confections. Erickson says they plan for the tea services to be on the decadent side, and they've put a lot of work in to make sure it's a special event.
“We've scoured the world to find tea,” says McHenry, they've brought in teas from as far as the Middle East to offer variety and flavor that you won't find in a coffee shop of grocery aisles.
Silver Spoon will also offer special after hours reservations for parties, baby showers and bridal showers. The tea house can hold up to 45 people and has several rooms for groups large and small to utilize. One room is set up in the fashion of an old parlor with lounges and antique chairs.
The ladies have special events planned as well. They hope to host fireside teas, Mother's Day teas and other events to bring class and nostalgia to the ladies of Spokane. Erickson says to expect big things around Christmas. It's her favorite time of year and she can't wait to fill the historic home with the sights and sounds of the season.
The Silver Room Tea House doesn't have a set opening date yet, but they say they will be open by the first week June and you can make your reservations for tea service now. Keep an eye on their Facebook page to find out when tea will be ready for service.