Our History

exterior1“Sweet Shalom Tea Room” by Vintage Teas, was originally a small farmhouse built by Mr. Joseph Printup 140 years ago. The house consisted of three rooms which are now the two parlors, hall and powder rooms. Mr. Printup served in the Civil War for nine months and later returned to Sylvania and subsequently sold his farm. The home had several owners through the years, with the Charles Mercereau family owning it longest from 1871 through 1939.

The house was enlarged and remodeled in Queen Anne style architecture in the late 1800’s. The original gazebo porch was designed and added in 1920. In 1999, the house was saved from demolition and moved from its original location at the southeast corner of Centennial and Erie Streets to its current address at 8216 Erie Street. At that time the Kruse and Velasquez families purchased the house and began the arduous task of restoring the ramshackle old home to its original beauty. interior1The restoration is still in progress.

The tea room began as a dream of long time friends Sara Velasquez and Chris Kruse. Years of raising a family and pursuing busy careers gave both women a need for times of peace and restoration in the midst of a hurried life style. They found their need met when they took the time to enjoy quiet moments over tea. Eventually, they became such tea enthusiasts that the idea of sharing the tea experience with others became a passion. Their hope was to minister to the community, through tea, in this historic treasure of a home.

The name “Sweet Shalom Tea Room” was inspired by the biblical word “shalom”. The definition of shalom includes peace, harmony, completeness, wholeness, wellness and perfection. It is our hope that you will find peace and harmony within these walls.exterior2

Afternoon teas reflect a serene and gracious tradition. Taking tea is a comforting ritual, an occasion of good cheer, and a time of sharing special delights. With a cup of fragrant tea and delectable sweets and savories, made by those who care, we are secure and safe from the hurried pace of the world. Come then, to tea, with its promise of hours of good conversation, quiet contentment and shalom.