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It's tea time at Dollies

February 14, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com
  • Amy Myers opened Dollies Tea Room on Feb. 10 at 150 Cumberland St. in Clear Spring.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

CLEAR SPRING — When Amy Myers was a child, she often would visit her grandmother Helen “Dollie” Weaver.

“We would dress up and have tea parties on her front porch,” Myers said.

Each tea party would include a menagerie of hats, fancy gloves and beautiful jewelry, she said.

Today, Myers still wears hats, has gloves and jewelry, but now she is the one hosting the tea parties.

On Feb. 10, Myers opened Dollies Tea Room in Clear Spring.

Named in honor of her grandmother, who instilled in her a love of a good tea party, Myers’ business features traditional English tea service and a gift emporium that carries loose teas, teapots, tea cozies and other items, she said.

Taking a break from preparing for her opening, Myers said having tea is almost a foreign concept for many people.

There are very few tea rooms in the area, she said, adding that the closest she knows of is in Frederick, Md.

Choosing to open her tea room in her hometown of Clear Spring, Myers and her husband, Mark, bought and remodeled the 1830s brick building at 150 Cumberland St., she said.

Upon walking through the front door, the atmosphere is decidedly relaxed and elegant, she said.

“It’s important to relax, sit and visit at tea,” she said.

Guests at Dollies will enjoy their tea service on pressed linens, china and crystal.

Whether they order the full tea service, on the menu as Dollie’s Tea, or one of the smaller services, Myers said tea traditionally is served with a variety of small sandwiches, scones, fruit and sweets.

Myers said she and her staff make all the food fresh, including the clotted cream and lemon curd served with the scones, she said.

And if you ask her husband, who has been to numerous tea rooms, the tiered tray of food that comes with the pot of tea is surprisingly enough to fill one’s stomach.

For those who think of tea as coming in little white bags with a paper tag, Dollies Tea Room will introduce them to fresh, loose-leaf teas.

Myers said she has dozens of varieties from which to choose, including black teas, green teas, blends, flavored teas and herbal teas, she said.  

“I like Dollie’s, which is a very mild decaf tea that I blended myself, or hot cinnamon spice, which tastes like it has sugar in it,” Myers said.

Myers said each tearoom to which she took her husband and children over the years has been an inspiration for Dollies.

But no one inspired her more than Dollie herself, Myers said.

From a custom-blended “Dollie’s” tea that features rose, lavender and citrus notes to a special “Dollie’s” scone, Myers’ grandmother’s influence can be felt throughout the tearoom, she said.

Dollies Tea Room is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are required for some tea services, Myers said.

Private parties, baby showers, bridal parties and social meetings are welcome, and Myers said she has alternative hours available for groups.

Prices range from $10 per person for a children’s tea to $25 per person for Dollie’s Tea, which includes soup, salad, scones with clotted cream and fresh lemon curd, fresh fruit, tea sandwiches, savories, assorted sweets and your choice of tea.

For more information, go to www.dolliestearoom.com or find the business on Facebook.

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