Tea Time at Teapots & Treasures

A quaint, decades-old teahouse in Juno Beach gets a new lease on life

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Francesca Napolitano and Tricia Scalera.
If tea and sympathy don’t make you feel good, trying adding a scone or two.

 

That’s the philosophy of Francesca Napolitano and Tricia Scalera, partners at Teapots & Treasures in Juno Beach. After working for the previous owners, the pair purchased the café in July and set out to build on the legacy of two successful decades—pandemic or no pandemic.

“My love for teahouses started on a trip to England,” says Napolitano. “There are very few places in Palm Beach County where you can get a traditional high tea, so it’s really very special.” Scalera agrees: “We live in a world where everything is rushed and chaotic, and this is a place where people can go to slow down and relax.”

At Teapots & Treasures, the day falls neatly into distinct segments. The café opens at 11 a.m. for a late breakfast or mid-morning snack. A full lunch menu follows, highlighted by soups, salads, quiche, and sandwiches. Late afternoon is devoted to high tea; there are seven set lineups to choose from or you can customize your own from the extensive tea selection and range of homemade pastries. Guests looking for something a bit heartier can savor sandwiches like the Irish cheddar BLT, chicken and Havarti panini, or Chatsworth club with ham, turkey, and bacon.

You can shop while you sip, as retail displays are incorporated around the cozy dining room. Vendors include the popular candle line Capri Blue, Spartina (handbags, jewelry, and accessories), and natural honey from the Savannah Bee Company. Napolitano and Scalera are currently working on importing a collection of specialty chocolates from Ireland.

They have also expanded the café’s offerings by acquiring a beer and wine license and recently launched Wine Down Wednesdays, a happy hour complete with charcuterie boards in addition to baked goods. The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays, when it may be rented out for private functions such as baby or bridal showers, engagement parties, and book clubs.

The Chatsworth club sandwich.

As the holidays approach, Teapots & Treasures’ dedicated baker is busy turning out Christmas cookies and festive items such as chocolate peppermint scones. “We love decorating for the holidays because it gives customers the feeling of being in their own home,” says Napolitano.

Cream of tomato soup.

Above all, the pair sees their place of business as an oasis. “We have customers who come here every day and use the wi-fi to do remote work or classwork, and they’re welcome to do that,” says Scalera. “We want this to be a calming and peaceful place to hang out.” 14137 U.S. Hwy. 1, Juno Beach; teapotsandtreasurescafe.com; 561.881.0447

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