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Saturday, December 28, 2013


TEA FOR TEN--What does a deputy district attorney do after more than a hundred trials which tossed murderers, wife beaters and child molesters in prison? Easy, she’s now following a very civilized retirement path by replacing chaos with a bit of tea culture through her North Park Bungalow Tea Society. “I began producing charity teas a number of years ago as a way to help causes I believed in,” says former prosecutor Phyllis Shess. In September, she expanded to offer special occasion private afternoon parties in the comfort of your home or other locations. An elegant three-course champagne afternoon tea is brought to you complete with sparkling tea pots, cups and crystal. Or if you prefer, your tea can be hosted at the Society’s historic 1915 Craftsman bungalow in North Park.

“I love helping design tea parties around special life events.” One of her most memorable clients was a lovely 85-years-young former WWII prisoner of war. “She has had such a rich life…and her birthday celebration gave all of us an opportunity to enjoy her wisdom and wit.” The Society also produces children’s teas. “My own son has been enjoying afternoon tea since he was four and it’s a great way to introduce children to a fine dining experience.” If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind holiday gift, certificates are available for tea parties in 2012, but dates book quickly since she limits herself to two parties per month. Contact:

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Author’s disclaimer: Yes, I am Mr. Phyllis Shess. She is the woman who transformed me to a man who loves tea when we shared afternoon tea for the first time many years ago at The Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia.

Images: North Park Bungalow Tea Society

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