Sweet Inspirations Tea Room, Cafe and Gifts in Spring offers quaint space for gathering

Patrons can pick from a variety of hot or iced teas ($4.95-$6.95 per pot) to enjoy with a freshly made scone ($2.95). (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)
Patrons can pick from a variety of hot or iced teas ($4.95-$6.95 per pot) to enjoy with a freshly made scone ($2.95). (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)

Patrons can pick from a variety of hot or iced teas ($4.95-$6.95 per pot) to enjoy with a freshly made scone ($2.95). (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Tami Zimmerman opened Sweet Inspirations Tea Room, Cafe and Gifts in Spring in 2021. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Soup and Sandwich Combo ($11.95): A turkey and cheese or a ham and cheese sandwich is served with soup. (Courtesy Sweet Inspirations Tea Room, Cafe and Gifts)
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Tea Room Sampler ($12.95): Quiche is served with soup and a choice of chicken or pasta salad. (Courtesy Sweet Inspirations Tea Room, Cafe and Gifts)
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Desserts ($4.95-$5.99): Brownies, oatmeal caramelitas, lemon bars and pecan pie bars are available. (Courtesy Sweet Inspirations Tea Room, Cafe and Gifts)
A bounty of brews are in store for customers at Sweet Inspirations Tea Room, Cafe and Gifts in Spring, which offers an array of teas poured from whimsical teapots and served in intricately decorated teacups.

The cafe serves a variety of teas sourced from local company Tea in Texas as well as pastries and food items made in house. Owner Tami Zimmerman said before opening the cafe in April 2021, she had always dreamed of cultivating an environment like her shop.

“I wanted something quaint,” Zimmerman said. “Where people could come and bring their friends or their family and ... just enjoy the time.”

Zimmerman has more than 38 years of experience owning and managing businesses in the food industry, she said, which helped her prepare for this venture. It was not until a company she was working for had mass layoffs that she felt it was time to take the plunge.

“It’s been a dream for years, but when you are gainfully employed and have a good job with good benefits, you don’t just leave that,” Zimmerman said. “Once I was not working, I thought, ‘You know what, maybe this is a sign that it’s time to pursue the dream.’”


The shop is also filled with antiques and home decor items, which are available for sale. Zimmerman said her love of historical items runs in the family: Her brothers and sisters have also sold antiques, and she ran an antiques shop prior to opening Sweet Inspirations.

To pair with the teas, Sweet Inspirations has a full food menu of brunch and lunch items, such as soups, sandwiches, salads, quiche, “take-n-bake” casseroles and sweet treats.

“I wanted the menu to be simple enough but still have enough items to cover [everybody],” Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman runs the store with the help of Manager Manuel Calderon, who is involved with the day-to-day operations of the store.

With the business’s first anniversary approaching, Zimmerman said looking back, the biggest challenge was opening during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and tackling the delays that came with it.

Despite the obstacles, however, Zimmerman has savored many sweet moments at her shop, she said, with some of her favorite being able to share in customers’ milestones. The cafe regularly hosts events such as baby showers, bridal showers and birthday parties, which customers can book in advance.

“I think some of the proudest moments that I see [are when] these people come in and do their big baby showers or bridal showers, whatever they’re doing, to see how they turn out and know that people left happy with their experience here,” Zimmerman said.

Sweet Inspirations Tea Room, Cafe and Gifts

6054 FM 2920, Spring

346-351-2144

www.mysweetestinspiration.com

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sun.
By Emily Lincke

Reporter, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Emily joined Community Impact Newspaper in August 2021 after working for a small town newspaper in El Campo, TX for two years. Before that, she interned and freelanced for the Houston Chronicle and worked as a freelance photographer and writer in the Houston area. A controversial fact about Emily is that she prefers sugar cookies over chocolate chip cookies. She graduated with a print journalism degree from the University of Houston in 2018.