Recently I had the ultimate pleasure of sampling a few Fat Rascal Cookies from the gorgeous Ruby Pear in Noblesville Indiana. Not only were the cookies a huge hit in our home the scones were absolutely delicious. White Chocolate Cashew and Cinnamon Chip are an original from the Ruby Pear and are scrumptious.
The Ruby Pear is rich in vintage, antiques and history. I hope you are lucky enough to live nearby or can plan a trip to visit very soon. In the meantime, I spoke with the lovely owner Mary Ann for a few questions about their gorgeous tea room.
While vacationing at our home on the Florida
panhandle for 20 years and visiting southern tearooms, we fell in love
with the idea of providing hospitality and lovely gifts in a place that
promotes peaceful living. During our search for
our first location, we found the "Craycraft Victorian House" in
Noblesville, Indiana. The Victorian charm, architectural details and
rich history enhance our Tea Room environment. The
Ruby Pear opened on October 1, 2005 with the intention to entertain,
pamper and indulge our guests. From the music we play to the colorful
surroundings, we hope that you find The Ruby Pear a place that allows
you to slow down a bit and enjoy the company of family and friends.
Vintage Indie - What is the history behind The Ruby Pear?
Ruby is my Grandmother's name and it is also my birthstone. I am an
artist and first learned to draw by looking at a pear. I've loved them
Vintage Indie - What do you want customers to know about visiting a tea room?
We are a unique mixture of tearoom styling. Our tearoom is a bit more relaxed in the southern tearoom style, yet we want our surroundings to be elegant, soft, warm and inviting to all of our customers. We pride ourselves on finding the best ingredients for our food and have designed our dining areas to be somewhat intimate yet approachable. We never want to be called "stuffy" and thrive on good conversation and lots of laughter. Hospitality is our number one goal. We like to think that our tearoom is an environment that everyone will enjoy, from a busy Mom needing time alone to a large multi-generational family celebrating a birthday, to a formal private tea party celebrating a baby, wedding or special event.
(Photo Left, Mother's Day 08 at The Ruby Pear)
Well, loose tea is loose and you put it in a T-Sac (which is a disposable tea bag) or you put it in a tea infuser. Bagged means that the tea comes pre-packaged for immediate use. Harney makes a darling pyramid sachet that their tea comes in. This shape allows the tea leaves to roll around and make a wonderful cup of tea.
Vintage Indie - As far as teas are they blends of your family or do you outsource those?
We actually carry the Harney Tea brand and have done very well with it. However, we have located a tea blender out of Germany that we are now using to private label our own tea line. We have 12 different blends and are looking to expand that number very soon. Our signature bright pink bags are becoming quite popular. We also just recently picked up a line of blooming teas from Teaposy. They are quite interesting, tasty and beautiful to watch bloom in a clear pot! Their website is http://www.teaposy.com/ if you are interested in seeing a video.
Thanks so much to Mary Ann and the Lucas family for an inside look at The Ruby Pear. Be sure to visit their website for their menu, directions and a further look into this gorgeous tea room.