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Award-winning Heritage Tea House Boutique is a community gem

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Award-winning Heritage Tea House Boutique is a community gem

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Raeisha Williams and Rosemary “Mama Rosa” Nevils-Williams are owners of the Twin Cities‘ favorite tea place, Heritage Tea House Boutique. Located in the heart of Saint Paul, this brick-and-mortar business is filled with multicultural artists, public officials, organizers, and intergenerational professionals. Each customer who walks through the door receives the standard greeting, “Welcome to the Tea House” so they know that they are welcome. Heritage Tea house boutique is coined as the community’s “home away from home” and won the 2018 Peoples Choice Award from Saint Paul Best Business Council.

How did you come up with the name Heritage Tea House?

I wanted something that spoke to the African American culture and history of Minnesota. When you walk into the space you know you are met with African and African American culture. I thought and thought and one of the missions was to highlight and feature our community and my family’s heritage in Minnesota.

What inspired you to open a tea house?

First, I wanted to do a full-fledged restaurant and I’m glad I didn’t start off that way. The goal is to do one in the future, but realistically starting small was a better fit for us as a company. I have a appreciation for loose leaf tea and are the health properties that it is comprised of. While living in Washington, D.C., one of my favorite working spots was Calabash Tea Cafe. It was this cute little tea …

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