Tea Room and Gift Shop open at St. Paul’s Church in Summerville | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | March 23, 2017 10:51 am
Like azaleas in bloom, the Tea Room and Gift Shop at St. Paul’s Church is a harbinger of springtime in Summerville. For two weeks each year, the church at 316 W. Carolina becomes a pop-up restaurant and gift shop, providing good food, good service, and good gifts, all for a good cause. Since the first event in 2005, the ministry has raised more than $581,000 for St. Paul’s outreach programs — locally, regionally, and globally.
This year’s Tea Room and Gift Shop opens to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 20-31, in Doar Hall on the St. Paul’s campus. It is closed on Sunday. The Tea Room and Gift Shop will offer the specialties its loyal patrons expect and anticipate. The menu will include tomato pie, she-crab soup, okra soup, various salads and sandwiches, and many homemade desserts. The gift shop will showcase the work of local artisans, native plants and estate items.
Beneficiaries include Impact Ministries Food Distribution and Medical Outreach Clinic of Summerville, both at St. Paul’s, Dorchester Habitat for Humanity, Home of Hope, Salvation Army, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Water Missions International, and dozens more helping organizations at home and abroad.
About two thirds of the proceeds of the 2016 Tea Room and Gift Shop went to local and regional needs, with the remaining third going to national and international organizations. All organizations are carefully screened to be sure the funds are used to meet as many needs as possible.