The White Heron.....
The White Heron Tea & Gifts opened in January 2016 and offers guests an intimate and elegantly refined atmosphere to relax and enjoy some of the world's most diverse teas. From black teas to green teas, rooibos to herbal, The White Heron has a tea for everyone, even the "non-tea" drinker.
The theme in our tea room is meant to replicate a relaxing spa / resort feel, and allows our guests to completely immerse themselves in our entire tea experience.
We recommend calling a minimum of 48 hours in advance to reserve your tea. Our tea room is intimate and tiny and we try to accommodate as many guests as we can, but seating times fill up quickly.
Tea times are Wednesday through Saturday at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Call us at 727-203-3504 to make your reservation today.
** Your menu selection needed at time of reservation.
**Please notify us of any dietary restrictions or allergies of guests so we can prepare for you tea properly. We do not have the ability to make changes to menus / adjust for dietary needs once you arrive. Please check with your entire party before confirming your reservation.
**PLEASE NOTE: Each tea experience lasts approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.
Please be considerate of this time frame so that we can reset our room and serve our guests attending later sittings.
**PLEASE NOTE: The White Heron Tea & Gifts has a "No Cell Phone Policy" while in the tea room. Please be considerate of others and turn you cellphone off or on vibrate when in the tea room.
Enjoy our tea sandwiches, scones, and desserts at your next gathering.
Platters of mixed tea sandwiches available in various quantities. Scones and desserts also available.
Minimum 72 hour advance notice required. Call (727) 203-3504 for more information.
Come and visit our Beautiful gift shop, located in the heart of downtown New Port Richey.
We have beautiful items for any occasion that you may need a gift for. In addition, we carry some items from or inspired by the beautiful coasts that surround our great state. From sterling silver sea inspired jewelry, sea glass made in Orlando, Florida salt scrubs and more, you will find something for yourself and whoever else you are looking for.
Our Gift Shop is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The White Heron Tea & Gifts hosts several events each month, including our Tea After Dark, Exploring Tea (workshop), and more.
Please visit our Facebook page or check out our Newsletter (tab at the top of this page) to keep up to date with the latest event schedule.
The White Heron Tea & Gifts
Kelly (Maki) Hackman was born and raised in the New Port Richey area. She attended Richey Elementary, Bayonet Point Middle School, and Ridgewood High School. She has always considered the downtown New Port Richey area as a place of pride and community, and that is why she choose to open her business in the heart of the downtown area. She had a dream of opening a small gift shop but after much discussion and debate, she decided that in addition to a gift shop, she wanted something more.
She visited a small tearoom in Tampa and instantly fell in love with the feel, ambiance, privacy, and quaintness of it. It was then and there that she decided to pair her gift shop with a similar intimate and quaint tearoom. The only problem was, she was not what one would consider an avid tea drinker.
"I didn't quite enjoy the taste of tea before I went to my first tea room, Kelly says. "At my first tearoom experience, I discovered that tea is flavorful, and unique. I had only had prepackaged tea before, and there really is a difference between tea in bags and loose leaf tea."
She began researching tea, the practice and etiquette of tea, and all of the different elements that go into making the perfect tea leaf, and she was pleasantly surprised how special a cup of tea is and how much she liked it.
"Not having been a tea drinker when I started this process, I am excited about what I have learned and tasted and I can't wait to share my love and knowledge with those who come to our shop to have tea," states Kelly. "To say I am now a proud tea drinker is an understatement. I can't wait to see what flavor I can try next."
Understanding tea and proper tea etiquette is very important to Kelly. Wanting to offer her patrons knowledge and understanding of the tea she serves, she has recently completed courses and is a Certified Tea Specialist, certified through the World Tea Academy, as well as a Tea Sommelier. She is one of only three Certified Tea Specialists through the World Tea Academy in Florida, and is the only one in the Tampa Bay area (the others are located in the panhandle in North Florida, the other in Vero Beach).
Kelly is currently taking additional classes through the World Tea Academy to obtain her certification as a World Tea Academy Tea Professional and Tea Health Specialist Certifications in the future. In addition, Kelly is a certified Tea Etiquette Consultant.
In addition to tea, Kelly has always enjoyed cooking, baking, and developing new recipes. She often entertains in her home and her fixings are always enjoyed. She is excited to be able to provide some traditional tearoom recipes as well as some of her own that she has been working on for her visitors alone.
Bryan, Kelly's husband, helps out at the tea house when he can but also works as an Associate Electrical Designer for an engineering firm in Tampa. Recently, he and Kelly opened the first craft beer brewery in historic downtown New Port Richey, called Cotee River Brewing Company. Green Gables Swannanoa NC Vacation Rental Cabin - Asheville
Kelly is excited to welcome you to her tea room! She hopes you enjoy your experience as much as she has enjoyed creating this beautiful location in historic downtown New Port Richey for you to enjoy.
The White Heron Tea & Gifts