“Food tastes better on real china,” Terri Lohman, owner of TeaLicious said. “So why not go that little extra mile? Our philosophy is if you come in for lunch and order a sandwich, it’s served on china.”
Lohman is so enamored of china and tea, that in March, she opened TeaLicious at 200 S.E. 19th St. in Moore. When she hatched the idea, she called her best friend, Kara Baird, who moved to Oklahoma from Arkansas to become Operations Manager and help Lohman in the tearoom.
“It’s our dream come true,” Baird said. “It’s something we’ve always wanted to do.”
China in various patterns lines the shelves of the large, airy tearoom — some of it inherited. Lohman says people don’t take enough time to eat off beautiful china and crystal.
“People eat out of paper bags and paper plates too much and I think that’s tragic,” Lohman said.
Everything Lohman serves to her tearoom customers is on china whether it is a cup of tea, a sandwich or salad, a bowl of soup or a baked-fresh-daily croissant or cookie. And she takes her tea seriously, too.
TeaLicious offers a Full Experience Tea featuring three mini sandwiches, three mini desserts, a fruit cup, a vegetable cup, spinach-artichoke dip and bagel bites along with a choice of gourmet, hand-blended teas from Texas.
Heidi Fox, baker, uses fresh ingredients to make desserts, daily. Fox’s specialty is rolled fondant and Lohman will soon have a cake case displaying Fox’s sugary artistry. In the meantime, Fox conjures up cupcakes and cakes of several varieties including Italian crème, strawberry, carrot and wedding cake—which is a white chocolate cake with chocolate icing. Her peanut butter fudge cake touts chocolate cake with chocolate icing sporting a white peanut butter ganache filling. One of Fox’s signature sweets is the Rockefeller—so named because it is so rich—made with a shortbread and cream cheese filling, chocolate pudding and whipped cream. The tearoom’s Simply Divine dessert has layers of vanilla pudding, yellow cake and strawberries, topped with a dollop of whipped cream.
If that’s not enough, chocolatier, Ken Spence hand dips chocolates and truffles made from scratch. He makes handmade s’mores featuring homemade marshmallows. These delicacies share a bakery case with his pies, which include chocolate, coconut crème and more.
Lohman says cooking and serving delicious food is something that comes naturally.
“It’s something I’ve always loved doing,” Lohman says. “I come from a long line of hostesses and cooks. My great-grandmother could take leftover mashed potatoes and make them fit for royalty. There wasn’t anything she couldn’t do.”
Taking after her great-grandmother, Lohman does it all by not only serving tea and treats, but also offering a brightly colored array of Vera Bradley backpacks, purses, bedding, luggage, umbrellas, glasses, cosmetic bags and stationery in a retail corner of the tearoom. Alongside the bags are Sweet Shop USA designer chocolates that can be customized with monograms or by color for bridal or baby showers.
TeaLicious has a party room for special events such as birthday parties, bridal or baby showers, rehearsal dinners, or tea parties. Lohman goes all out for these occasions by matching table linens to clients’ colors and providing fresh-cut flowers. She calls TeaLicious the “one stop shop” for such events.
“Some of these occasions are once in a lifetime and I don’t take that lightly,” Lohman says. “I want it to be what they want it to be.” She says she’ll sit with a bride and her mother and take everything in so she can provide a memorable experience. “People are amazed that you listen,” she added.
All children who visit the tearoom get their own teapot filled with a choice of tea or lemonade. Special attention to their young clients is something that Baird finds rewarding.
“I love the kids,” Baird said. “I love to see people happy. The little girls who come in with their grandparents — the memories you take away last a lifetime.”
First-time and repeat customers said they enjoy the food and atmosphere in the tearoom. Sue Murray, one member of a group of retired teachers from Moore including Linda Savage, Nancy Thomson and Debbie Johnson took lunch at the tearoom.
“It’s a nice atmosphere. It’s quieter and we can visit and not have to yell to be heard,” Murray said. “The food is very good.”
Lohman says she finds fulfillment in serving her guests whether they’re youngsters, moms, brides, families or friends.
“It’s very gratifying that people will include us in their special moments, and I’m proud of that,” Lohman says. “I take it as a privilege.”
TeaLicious is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Lunch is served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit tealiciousok.com.