Today, I went to The Factory in Franklin for Sunday lunch. The story behind this place is that it used to be a stove factory years ago. It’s been redone as a shopping, art and food venue, and there are lots of opportunities to see and sample some cool tea and tea-related things!
My first stop was the Stoveworks restaurant where I had some yummy tea punch. It’s made out of unsweet black tea and several types of fruit juices. I don’t really like sweet teas, but I’ll take this one! In fact, I had three glasses, then proceeded to slurp down my daughter’s leftovers! Good stuff. I will be back for more. (oh – and the food was very tasty too!)
In addition to good eats and three glasses of a tea treat for me, there are some really cool little shops at The Factory. I saw the absolute cutest little baby tea party set at the toy store there. Soft and cuddly, it begged for me to buy it! It’s so nice to see tea culture being embraced by even the youngest!
I was also happy to notice a huge display (although it was way out of place) in the ice cream shop located in the Factory. I’m still trying to figure it out…and I’m not sure it really goes with ice cream, but I am happy to assume that whomever is in charge there has an appreciation for tea! There were dozens of canisters of Republic of Tea blends lining the shelves. I’d rather go in there and buy ice cream any day!
As for those who prefer teaware from days gone by, I found a really nice antique shop with a lot of beautiful teapots and cups and saucers. If only I had a place to display all of these, I could easily have an addiction to teaware! My china cabinet is only so big, and right now it’s packed full! I may need to install a display shelf somewhere in my kitchen…but that could be dangerous! I’d have teapots everywhere!