Through her naivete and embarrassment to admit she didn’t know anything about tea, the tea shop owners would bring out a cup of their choosing. She learned tea isn’t just camellia sinensis, known as the tea plant, but it’s all kinds of herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables.
When she came back to the United States, she realized, “No one does what these tiny, cute mom and pop shops do.”
About a dozen years ago, she made her own tea combinations and gave them as Christmas gifts, and when compliment after compliment came, she eventually started her tea business ― from hosting tea parties to teaching people how to make it.
Selling vintage goods at the tea shop was something that added to the uniqueness of the store.
“I pretty much love anything old and vintage, hence the name Antiquity Tea House,” she said.
And everything from the local Ohio and Hamilton antiques to locally sourced herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables, as well as honey, are available at Kinship.
Kinship is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The store is open by appointment only on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. For more information, visit antiquityteahouse.com or email email@example.com.