Jessa’s Tea Parlor
3333 Trickum Road #101 • Woodstock, Georgia 30188
404-551-9391 • jessasteaparlor.com
Since 2016 when Jessica James and her mom, Carolyn Lyle, opened Jessa’s Tea Parlor, the restaurant and bakery has thrived in its home in a strip mall in Woodstock, Georgia. Initially, Jessica admits, she was nervous people wouldn’t want to enjoy afternoon tea in a shopping center, but she has since learned that if the service and food are worth the trip, it’s not always “location, location, location.”
“It doesn’t matter where you have tea,” Jessica comments. “It’s just that you have family and friends with you. Even if you’re having tea at a strip mall, give it a chance. You never know what it will be like.”
Despite being diabetic, Jessica hasn’t allowed her inability to eat many sweets keep her from following her passion for baking. Her culinary background and childhood spent on a farm inspires Jessica to make everything from scratch and incorporate beloved family recipes, like her grandmother’s tomato-basil soup, in the menu.
According to Jessica, the most popular tea service offered at the tea parlor is the whimsically titled Southern Charm, which costs $26 per person. “We’ve had that one since the day we opened, and it has been our top seller just because it’s different. You don’t expect to get fried green tomatoes or rosemary-cheddar biscuits at high tea.” For those looking for more traditional tea fare, guests can choose from the restaurant’s other menus, which include the English Lady for $20 per person, the Classy Mrs. Sassy for $24 per person, and a princess tea for guests ages 8 and under for $14 per person.
Among the wide variety of teas offered with each service, the Peach & Spearmint—which incorporates the juice from in-house canned peaches—one of the house blends, is considered the most popular. Another option Jessica recommends is their lavender and blueberry blend, which she says is equally enjoyable iced or hot. These teas, along with other wares and accoutrements, can be purchased from the petite gift shop nestled in the corner of the restaurant.
Jessa’s Tea Parlor is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:0 p.m. Reservations are required for afternoon tea or lunch.