Where: Griffin, Georgia Style: 1870s home ingrandmillennial style Tea Selection: 12+ loose leaf teas by TeaFusions Teatimes: Tuesday to Saturday, 3 to 5 Reservations: Reservations required for all except Walk-in Tea Contact: 770-733-5921 or online Cost: $34.99 Fall High Tea; $25.99 Afternoon Tea; $25.99 Breakfast Tea; $24.99 Walk-in Tea; $19.99 Dessert Tea Destination Tea Tips: Almost everything in The Emerald Chandelier is for sale, so leave yourself time to browse the antique furniture, table linens, home decor, vintage dishes, loose leaf teas and gifts. Lunch and brunch are served before afternoon tea hours, but beverages and desserts are served all day.
Destination Tea Notes: Must…resist…the…urge…to write…in all caps!! Tea friends, run don’t walk to The Emerald Chandelier. Especially if you are in the metro Atlanta area, put this afternoon tea on your bucket list. It is absolutely worth blocking a half-day to visit Griffin’s beautiful new teahouse, run by mother-daughter team Teresa Eubanks and Ashlynn Davis. An avid antiques collector, Teresa told us how what began as an idea to open her own antiques store — perhaps with a little coffee counter to entice customers — became a full-blown tearoom. Teresa explains she was “God-led and God-inspired.” Entering the 1870s home Teresa entirely refurbished, from electrical (the house still had cloth wiring) to the front porch (which had fallen in on itself), we must agree Teresa is divinely inspired: this place is gorgeous. In addition to restoring the original gingerbread trim, roof cupola, tall windows, heart-pine floors and fireplaces, Teresa decorated with flair: painting trim and fireplaces in bright colors, selecting floor-to-ceiling wallpapers in fun patterns, adding handmade window treatments and of course, antique chandeliers.
Beyond the yummy afternoon tea menu and option to add-on wine, beer or mimosa, we love that The Emerald Chandelier revives the business model of the United States’ earliest tearooms. In the U.S., tearooms were women’s entrée into the restaurant industry, the first restaurants women could operate, staff and attend unchaperoned. Very often run out of an owner’s home, the tearoom’s dining area was also a showroom: much of what you saw in it was for sale, such as handmade items like textiles and jewelry or antique furniture and dishes. Which is how things work at The Emerald Chandelier, where you could leave with the table and chairs you sat on, or artwork that hung above. So after all, Teresa’s dream of a store for her antiques also came true. Teresa knows none of this is coincidence, and when you consider the timing — The Emerald Chandelier opened in October, just two weeks before the closing of Georgia’s oldest teahouse, beloved Tea Leaves & Thyme — you must know she is right.