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Menlo Park resident aims to slow down the caffeine scene

Gina Meyers opens tea room in Redwood City

If waiting impatiently in line for Starbucks, Philz or Peet's for your caffeine dose isn't your, well, cup of tea, a new shop in Redwood City may offer an alternative.

Set for its grand opening on Friday, Dec. 2, Lovejoy's, an English tea room, will be a new place for people to go to fill their scone and crumpet cravings and sip tea from bottomless pots.

The shop is being launched by Gina Meyers, a Menlo Park resident.

"I am passionate about slowing down from this high-tech world," she said. "I want (the tea room) to feel like you're coming into 'Grandma's house,' with bric a brac everywhere."

Former tea rooms in San Carlos and Menlo Park have closed, Ms. Meyers said. She spoke with Redwood City's economic development manager, Katherine Ralston, who said there seems to be demand in Redwood City for an old-school tea room and a place to buy good loose leaf teas.

Lovejoy's will have a full-service restaurant, and will sell loose leaf teas and other tea accoutrements – in other words, Ms. Meyers said, "everything to bring the tea party back to your house."

The Redwood City location, situated at 901 Main St., is the second Lovejoy's – the first is an English tea room in Noe Valley in San Francisco, she said.

Ms. Meyers said she used to work at the San Francisco location, and plans to maintain the same menu and "funky" atmosphere at her new site, with "eclectic, mismatched china."

The menu lists scones, crumpets, sandwiches, salads, quiche, shepherd's pie and bottomless pots of tea, among other items. Go to the Lovejoy's website or more information.

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