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in writing, so that someone else who is
devastated can say, `I guess I can stand
up for myself.' It was a way to turn a
tragedy into something I hope is uplift-
ing and inspiring. I was by myself. I was
under a lot of stress and pressure, but
I have survived. I'm here. And if I can
help one woman through this book,
then it was worth writing."
Linda Dash has
Dash says her tea garden also is there
created a place
to
help women facing challenges.
for people to slow
"This
is a place where women who
down and relax.
are having a difficult time can come and
just relax and talk:' she says. "I do have
the time to sit and talk for a few min-
utes, and I enjoy doing that."
Business was slow getting started, but
is beginning to pick up. Dash continues
to improve and refine the tea garden
experience. She's simplified the menu.
Sandwiches currently featured are egg
salad, chicken salad, tuna salad, lobster
salad or veggie delight on multigrain
bread or a croissant. She now offers
Chazzano coffee, roasted in Ferndale
Garden is on the front of the menu:
by
Cantor Frank Lanzkron-Tamarazo
"There
are
few
hours
in
life
more
agree-
Allan Nahajewski
of
Congregation
Hava Nashira in
able
than
those
spent
with
friends
Special to the Jewish News
Farmington Hills, and desserts from
enjoying a cup of tea."
"We live in such a hurried world:' says Elwin's Bakery in Berkley. Wifi is avail-
andwiched between the
able.
Dash.
"At many places, it's pick up the
Haggerty Beach Club Tanning
She calls the teahouse atmosphere
coffee
and
go.
People
really
do
need
to
Center and the Hair Forte salon
"informal"
or "countryside." It's come as
relax
for
few
minutes."
in a busy strip mall on the corner of
you
are.
High
tea is offered all day long.
Dash
opened
her
tea
garden
last
14 Mile Road and Haggerty in West
Children's
teas
also are available. One
November.
It
marked
a
new
chapter
in
Bloomfield, in the shadows of the AT&T
soccer
mom
brought
her son's entire
her
life.
store, you will find serenity.
team,
in
uniform.
Born
in
St.
Clair
Shores,
she
graduat-
Hand-painted murals on cool green
"The children's teas are fun," she says.
ed from Wayne State University "I stud-
walls, eclectic tables set for tea, live
"I
try to Americanize it a little. I add
ied
art.
I
was
going
to
be
an
art
teacher,
plants and a fountain, Sinatra crooning
some
chips and cream puffs, things kids
but
I
switched
to
interior
design.
I
had
softly in the background. Welcome to
like
to
eat. But they get to see what high
fun
teaching
adult
education
courses
in
Linda Dash's English Tea Garden.
tea
was
like. I introduce a little bit of his-
interior
design
at
Seaholm
High
School.
"When I see people come in the door,
tory
in
a
fun way."
I
did
it
for
18
years:'
she
says.
I choose a teapot I think they would
a
break
from the Sinatra tunes, a
As
She
also
worked
with
her
husband,
like,' she says.
local harpist entertains at the tea garden
Bernard, a doctor, for 20 years at his
Dash said her entry into food service
on Mondays 12:30-1:30 p.m. And yoga
medical facility.
ties back to her father-in-law's roots as
Six years ago, her life changed forever. sessions will be offered on Mondays,
proprietor of Dash's Deli in Philadelphia.
Wednesdays and Fridays 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Her husband died unexpectedly. "I was
"My husband worked in the deli
The murals on the walls of the tea
devastated. It's been a struggle — a very
before going to medical school. I would
garden were hand-painted by Dash. "I
difficult experience,' she says.
go to the synagogue with his father," she
still think of myself as an artist first,"
To share what she learned through
says. "The family provided kosher cater-
she says. "I know from studying color
the tough times, last year she wrote a
ing for a large section of Philadelphia.
and design that people's environment
book, Widows Beware: Held Hostage by
For me, it was an interesting introduc-
affects them daily. We're affected by it all
the System. The 192-page pocket-sized
tion to the culture. I respect it very
the
time; we're just not aware of it." She
paperback
is
a
heartfelt
tale
of
her
griev-
much."
ing, which also provides advice on how to puts a lot of thought into the colors and
Customers choose from a menu
contents of her murals. "I still paint, and
deal with aspects relating to the death of
of 10 teas, listed from strong to mild.
I still have wall space here to add more."
a spouse, including estate management,
Poppyseed, orange ice and Traverse City
The English Tea Garden, 7410
red cherry walnut scones are offered with managing finances, dealing with attor-
Haggerty, is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
preserves, lemon curd, Devonshire cream neys and organizing paperwork.
Monday through Friday. Special tea
"It's the story of my life." she says.
or whipped butter. A variety of salads,
events for groups of 10 or more by res-
"Three lovely women in Ann Arbor
sandwiches and desserts are also on the
ervation only are available on Saturdays.
menu, but the main attraction, says Dash, helped me write it — the editor, pub-
For more, including the menu and tea
lisher and designer. I just felt that if I
is a peaceful, relaxing respite from the
selections, visit the website
experienced something traumatic and
pressures of daily life.
www.englishteagarden.net . Ll
I learned from it, I need to put it down
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