Sunday, November 30, 2008

Pittsburgh Tea Rooms

This episode of PositivelyPittsburghLive was recorded live on November 24, 2008 and archived version can be heard at: or on PPL channel at

Jackie Karkowsky
Fernwood Tea Room
The Inn on Negley
703 Negley Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
The Inn on Negley is a beautifully restored period home located in the heart of Pittsburgh's charming and historic Shadyside area. Each of the eight guestrooms are custom designed with exquisite antiques, period furnishings, and a caareful attention to detail. The Inn is just one block from Walnut Street and Elsworth Avenue, which offer the finest and most unique shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences in Pittburgh.

Guests can linger and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere over refreshments while the innkeepers assist with plans to enjoy Pittsburgh. Whether guests plan a full day of activities or a day of total relaxation, The Inn on Negley can accomodate every guest preference.
High English Tea Service
Prepared exclusively by our chefs, our English high tea is traditional and complete with assorted tea sandwiches, pastries, cookies. We have a variety of Stash Brand teas from which to choose. Our English High tea offers a wonderful respite to a busy day. The cost is $18.00 per person.
Tea and Sweets
A light selection of house made pastries and seasonal fresh fruit is presented with a selection of Stash tea. For those who want a quick pick me up or a quiet moment to enjoy the day. The cost is $10.00 per person.
Cookies and Cocoa
Enjoy a piping hot cocoa served in a traditional cocoa pot with chocolate topped cups. Served with an assortment house made cookies and marshmallows. The cost is $6.00 per person.

Dana C Del Bianco
Purple Rose Tearoom
4316 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Purple Rose Tearoom

The Purple Rose Tearoom is located on Penn Ave @ 44th St in Pittsburgh’s historic Bloomfield/Lawrenceville neighborhood. They serve a formal British afternoon tea by reservation in an authentic Victorian storefront. They also have a small gift shop that sells many tea-related objects, as well as beautiful items by local artists. Next week will mark their first anniversary in business.

The Purple Rose is owned by the mother/daughter team of Nancy & Dana Del Bianco. The tearoom is located in the building that for many years housed “Charley the Tailor” a cleaning and alterations business owned by Nancy’s parents. Many original items from the tailor shop remain on display, providing a family connection to the past.

Laura Kacy
Home is where the Tea is, Fresh Cup Café

210 West Main St.
Saxonburg, Pa.

The Fresh Cup Cafe, serving the Saxonburg area, close to Pittsburgh, with quality teas, invigorating espresso, and tasty treats, is now open.
This is not a Victorian tearoom, so men and children will feel quite at home. The interior of the Fresh Cup is bold and light, marrying a contemporary motif with the warmth of some vintage pieces.
Enjoy teas, coffees, fresh yummy baked goods like scones, muffins, cupcakes, m-m-macaroons , tarts, brownies, and more!. Lite lunch fare of artisan sandwiches and salads will nourish you for your day. The specialty will be finest qualty teas, and I happily accommodate espresso drinkers!

Specials of the house:
New England Harvest Blend Tea- hot or cold!
Quiche: Feta Bruschetta, Pesto & Romano, Spinach & Mushroom, our daily choice
Apricot Scones
Red Ribbon Old Pennsylvania Punch
Brazilian Distant Farms from Coffee Tree Roasters, making a fabulous coffee.

Te Café
Terry Himes

Te Cafe (The Tea Place)
Murray and Beacon
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Terry Himes
Te Cafe (The Tea Place)
Murray and Beacon
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Te Café is the creation of Terry Himes two friends who decided to open a business together.

Terry saw an interesting tea shop while traveling and the two began the long and detailed process of studying demographics and writing a business plan.

We had been looking for the right location and had identified Squirrel Hill as our first choice. One evening while walking in Squirrel Hill, we saw this perfect corner spot.

We designed the interior and acted as our own general contractors for the improvements. I have a son, a daughter-in-law, two daughters and a son-in-law and Sue has two daughters. Every one of them pitched in and helped.

We have over 100 loose teas, herbals and fruit infusions. We sell them by the custom-brewed individual 16-oz. pot and we make all of our teas “to-go” as well. We also sell loose tea leaves and the necessary brewing equipment.

We offer private tea-tastings which feature about 6 teas. The tastings are presented by our own tea-ologist, Terry. You can select from our course offerings which include: Tea 101, It’s Not Easy Being Green, Black Beauties, Japanese Tea and more, or make up your own theme.

We have a monthly poetry reading known as the Te Café Reading Series.

We feature an ever-changing display of the works of local artists.

We make the best and healthiest smoothies in town. The basic smoothie is made with a choice of two fresh fruits. We also have several that feature tea.

We have tea-mulled apple cider.

We also sell Mung Dynasty wraps, salads, Enrico’s biscotti and scones, H&H Bagels, La Prima coffee

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