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Apr 28, 2011 2:49 PM by Stacy Neumann

Pueblo tea room offers British staples

Tucked away in a corner on Pueblo's West Fifth Street is a place where you can take part in a time-honored English tradition. Just a month ago, Sisters' Courtyard Tea Room & Treasures opened for business and the owner says royal fever has proven to be a boon for business.

Elizabeth Gladney said, "The serenity of the whole experience... the setting of the table... the beautiful items that are added to it and just the quiet process of having tea and sitting with your friends."

Gladney says more people seem to be appreciating taking the time to tea.

She points out, "It's just the camaraderie of enjoying your friends."

Gladney says an "official" tea does follow a certain protocol. However, at her shop, they try to make people feel at ease and not so worried about etiquette. For those who want to know, it isn't proper to raise your pinky finger as you sip. If you are seated, leave your saucer on the table. The hostess always pours the first cup and never clink your spoon in your tea cup.

Above all, Gladney says it's about fellowship and feeling special for a while.

"That is our intent...princess for the day."

Sisters' Courtyard Tea Room & Treasures is located at 517 W. Fifth Street in Pueblo. Call 719-543-1947 or email reservations@sisterscourtyard.com to make reservations for one of their full service teas. You can also drop in to the shop for a quick cup!

On the day of the royal wedding, there is a children's tea with parents at 10 a.m., an English street party on the patio from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., a women's fancy hat competition at 1:30 p.m. and a traditional afternoon tea at 2 p.m.

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