HJ-ED-DHJ

Nov. 6, 2006

Dassel tea shop closes its doors

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

Thistlerose Tea Shoppe has been a unique place for young and old to come to relax, and enjoy a proper cup of tea.

Now, due to health reasons of the owners, it has closed its doors.

Many comments heard by owners Heather Goodrich and her son, Cameron, have been positive in regard to the friendly atmosphere and authentic English food and tea.

“Many have said this has been a place of healing for them,” Goodrich said.

One man, who suffered a heart attack said the tea shop helped him heal.

Although the store closed its doors, the Goodriches will continue to supply imported English and Scottish foods and teas available by ordering by phone or from their web site.

“In some ways it’s a relief and in other ways it’s melancholy, but we are looking forward to the future,” Cameron said.

Currently, Cameron is working on a new web site, which will also include professionally-matted English and Scottish photographs for $49.95. The photographs can also be purchased at Bob Wilde’s studio in Dassel.

To continue to serve their numerous regular tea drinkers, the Goodriches will tentatively be serving tea every Friday at 2 p.m. at the Bob Wilde Studio.

Customers have said, “We have to have some place where we can have a proper cup of tea.”

The Goodriches will also still be serving at area churches and homes by appointment, along with their annual Christmas Teas at Clay Coyote Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. by reservation, according to Heather.

Customers have come from all over Minnesota to have a cup of English tea.

“A great percentage come from out of town because its unique and real,” Heather said.

Customers have come from as far away as Rochester and Stillwater for the imported foods, and authentic scones and teas, according to Heather.

The owners have mixed emotions about the closing. They will enjoy not being tied down every day, but they will miss the people, Heather said.

Many of their customers have become like family, she said.

One local first grader, whom Heather calls Sugar Cube because every time she came in, she would ask to have a cube of sugar, made a photo memory book for Heather.

“So many kids come up for a hug. Children felt at home here,” she said.

The stores last two days were like a revolving door, with people coming and going for the last time, shopping, eating and drinking, Heather explained.

Pastor John Peterson of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, even came and blessed the store and the Goodriches on their future endeavors.

“We’ve had so many prayers,” Heather said.

Throughout the years, the store has seen many changes. “It’s been hard, but it’s been marvelous,” she said.

To order or make an appointment, contact Heather Goodrich at (320) 275-2731, or visit their web site at www.sarahgoodrichdesigns.com.


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