Sandy’s own family has been instrumental in the creation of the tea shop and in its day-to-day operations, although her son, Michael, is now employed with Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. Her daughter, Erin, has assisted with menu ideas and recipe development, among other things. And when Hilly decided to retire from her tea business, Erin purchased it and renamed it Blue Roses Tea, inspired by the Tennessee Williams play The Glass Menagerie, in which she once starred. “Of course, Erin got all of Hilly’s recipes when she bought the company,” says Sandy. “And she has developed a couple of new ones.” Blue Roses Teas are available at Burdett’s and through its website.
The shop also sells a wide range of tea accoutrements essential for preparing loose-leaf teas, such as measuring spoons, tea infusers, and strainers, as well as many styles of tea cozies and teapots. “I’ve really listened to my customers and let them tell me what they want,” says Sandy.
Her willingness to adapt her tearoom vision to suit her patrons’ lifestyle has served Sandy well for a decade and a half. “There are still people from the area that walk in every day and say, ‘I didn’t know you were here!’”
Burdett’s Tea Shop & Trading Company is at 618 South Main Street, Springfield, Tennessee. For more information, call 615.384.2320, or go to burdettsteashop.com. Look for the tearoom’s recipe for Orange Cream Scones in Tea & Scones, available in the TeaTime online shop.
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