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Tea Time in Warren

The new Happy Snail Tea House is all about moments to savor


Sharon Hayden believes that wellness is about more than just food and exercise - it’s about taking time for yourself, too. Her new Happy Snail Tea House, which opened last month on Main Street in Warren, is built around savoring the small moments. “It’s a quiet, fun place,” Sharon says. In addition to serving imported teas, Sharon and manager Alison Nelson are formulating their own herbal teas, sourcing from local farms like Water Way Farms in Barrington until they can grow their own herbs next season. They’re also serving scones, shortbread and finger sandwiches, all from scratch. “We have lemon curd, and we’re working on clotted cream,” Alison says. “It’s not fancy high tea service, but we have all the things that go with traditional British tea.” Another thing to savor: the lost art of letter writing. Happy Snail has cards made by local artists, and they’ll mail cards you write in the shop (cough - write your mother - cough). Happy Snail is the kind of place that’s ready-made for quiet moments, and the kind of place you won’t find wifi. “If people want to come with a laptop, that’s great,” Alison says, “but we want people to sit down and talk, or just have time for themselves.”