At E’s Garden Teahouse and Things, the operating philosophy is, “All you need is LOVE and a cup of tea.” But so much more is happening here than first meets the eye.
Hidden in plain sight on Garden Street in downtown Charlotte Amalie, proprietor Judith “Miss E” Edwin, opened the doors to this bright green building in 2015.
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Step inside the air-conditioned 3,500 square foot facility and prepare to discover a wonderland of teas and accessories. The colorful boutique is a combination bar, eatery, and local art gallery — all under one roof. Lottery tickets are sold here, too. What an amazing ‘find!’
Tea flavors feature dozens of exotic local and international blends including Fruit Colada made with hibiscus, coconut, pineapple, raisins, organic rosehips, and apples. Or choose from magical monikers such as Tropical Rainforest, Island Paradise, or Circle of Life — a glorious blend of cinnamon, organic apple, rooibos “red bush,” ginger, raspberry leaves, and other tasty natural flavors.
“Always a favorite is our raspberry hibiscus tea,” said Miss E.
In addition to shopping, sipping, and relaxing at E’s Garden Teahouse, the space also is available to host meetings and special events. –
“We are located in an Enterprise Zone,” she explained. The government program is committed to revitalizing the territory’s rich cultural and economic areas — improving historical communities throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Miss E advised that her eatery is popular with several food tour groups including Flavors and St. Thomas Food Tours.
“We have an excellent chef,” said Miss E. The teahouse serves light fare lunches each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Selections include freshly made sandwiches, salads, and quiche — with saltfish always a hit.
One of six children, Miss E is a proud member of a celebrated island family. The Frenchtown Post Office was named for her late father, Arturo R. Watington, Sr. (1911 – 1998) and each of her siblings has made significant contributions to the community — and beyond — in areas of education, law, medicine, and politics.
Prior to retiring from her own storied career in education, Miss E held various posts on the mainland and at the University of the Virgin Islands — including seven years as vice provost for Access and Enrollment Services.
With a thoughtful smile on her face, Miss E said, “I could never stop working. The teahouse is my retirement.”
Whether you are looking for unique island gifts, local art, musical CDs, or just want to relax and unwind in a calming atmosphere, E’s Garden Teahouse and Things is happy to welcome you.
For more information call (340) 776-2577.