Update: The Market Tearoom (as pictured below) moved and had a name change — The Apothecary Tea Lounge — but is still under the same ownership. At the new location in Senate’s End, owner Jennifer Gerdes serves afternoon teas for private parties and monthly public teas only.
Where: West Columbia, South Carolina
Style: Country Market
Tea Selection: 200+ loose leaf teas
Teatimes: Tuesday to Saturday 11, 12:30 or 2:30
Reservations: 24-hour notice
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or Reserve Here
Cost: $18 Afternoon Tea
Destination Tea Tip: To find The Market Tearoom and Country Store, turn into the South Carolina State Farmers Market, then turn left into the lot for the Corbett Building and look for the big red barn doors on the building’s left side.
Prices and teatimes are subject to change. Please see our South Carolina afternoon tea directory for the latest details.
Destination Tea Notes: The Market Tearoom and Country Store has that special excitement and creative energy of a newly born tearoom, expressed in the sincere welcome we received from owner Dupre Percival and manager/chef Jennifer Gerdes. In addition to owning several successful food service and event planning businesses, Dupre is also a local food enthusiast. So when Dupre approached Jennifer — who had been blending teas, making her own candles and hosting pop-up tea tastings — to suggest they pair up to convert his restaurant building’s front room into a tearoom and country store, she saw it was a natural fit. We saw that for ourselves, as customers passing through the tearoom paused to note our tea party and ask for more information on scheduling one of their own, or to order a freshly brewed tea to go. While the decor and South Carolina sourced wares give a country feel, Jennifer’s afternoon tea menu incorporates traditional southern and global flavors. The whole family enjoyed The Market Tearoom’s hospitality, finishing off our visit with a perusal of SC-made gifts and antique furniture.