Category: A Message from Mary Alice

A Message from Mary Alice contains words of inspiration and wisdom from our founder and owner Mary Alice Higbie in her pursuit of Grace, Civility, Beauty, Gentility, and Excellence. If you’ve had the pleasure of meeting Mary Alice, you surely know that facilitating deep and meaningful relationships is a driving force behind everything she does. We hope you enjoy stepping into her world a little bit, through her words here, or through the doors of the Tearoom where her vision has come to life.

The Bonds of Shared Joy are Priceless!

   

 In Jane Austen’s day, the hearth was the center of family activity after dinner. The hearth, with its warmth and light, was the place to relax together after the day’s work was done, a bright, comfortable, cheering atmosphere that pushed away the dreariness of their non-electric lit nights. The ladies did their needlework as conversation took hold. Someone might have read aloud or played an instrument. This place, the hearth, warmed their heart, soul, and body. It was the way these people enjoyed companionship and kept their souls knitted together.

A decadent delight with rich coconut, salted caramel, and chocolate flavors

A Recipe to Make the World Taste Good

There are Givers and there are Graspers in this world. If you have seen that delightful old movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, you will know impoverished, young Charlie Bucket—generous Giver—who met the four other well-off children—the Graspers—to tour Wonka’s magical factory. Then there was the solitary owner of the Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka […]

Love Stories

Love Stories We must admit, in spite of the cynicism of our age, human hearts are continually captivated by stories of love and devotion; they are susceptible and tender when it comes to real loving relationships. We cheer for love to succeed; we are disappointed and sad when it does not. We find that, in […]

A Father’s Influence

We LOVE daddies! And we have more than our share of the very best ones! John and his youngest daughter Daniela have made St. James tea a tradition; it’s their special time together. When they come, they bring carefully selected poetry to read during tea. In the beginning, this father specifically sought out the Tearoom […]

Searching the Deeps

“A soul must search with blinded eyes For that which can’t be seen. It senses yearnings deep within, Yet knows not what they mean.” * We have a tendency to skim along the surface of life, never reflecting on its deeper meanings. Our culture is not in the habit of ‘mining the deeps’ and so […]

Butterflies and Tea

This guest blog is by New Mexico writer Patrice Greenwood, a long-time guest who has become a very special, personal friend. You will see her love of beauty here, and will understand afresh the joys of taking time to appreciate those ephemeral marvels that exist right alongside us, whether we notice and appreciate them or not. […]

Come into my courtyard…

Come Into My Courtyard; Meet Ginger Syllabub Morning is peeking over my garden gate. Come in; I’d like to introduce you to someone special. I have been nurturing Ginger Syllabub since she was a baby – five years! I planted her roots in good soil in the certain knowledge that she had a great struggle ahead […]