Commentary by Shelly Gattlieb
Tina Jesson’s love of authentic British food quickly evolved into one of the most well-known establishments in the Carmel Arts & Design District.
When her husband was transferred to the Indianapolis division of Rolls-Royce in 2008, Jesson found it difficult to find the traditional recipes of her native Great Britain. She began selling scones at farmers markets and pop-up shops before opening Tina’s Traditional Tea Room on Range Line Road in 2014.
Within three months, the space doubled in size, and now the kitchen produces thousands of scones each month, served with jams made from Jesson’s grandmother’s recipes.
Jesson enjoys playing host to princess parties or events related to British literature and the royal family. She also organizes guided trips to England and Scotland.
Favorite scent: Vanilla
Biggest goal: create a sense of belonging where customers feel at home
Favorite TV show: “Downton Abbey”
Dream guest for tea: Albert Einstein
What Jesson would eliminate from the world: weapons
Collects: Tea towels
Favorite movie: “Love Actually”
Does not understand appeal of: Pizza or doughnuts
Change to society: More real-life connections, looking each other in the eye
Favorite toy as a child: Rocking horse “Silver”
Hardest part of moving: Son and daughter still live in Britain
Something she’d forgotten until returning for a visit: How many sheep are in Derbyshire
Quote that embodies the tea room: “We didn’t realise we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun” – Winnie the Pooh
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