Jacksonville’s status as an up-and-coming foodie destination is not without its delicate Southern charm. Ashes Boutique and Tea Garden welcomes guests for a tasty afternoon treat filled with bite-sized sandwiches and decadent desserts.
When you open the door to the charming little cottage just two blocks from the ocean, smiling faces welcome you into the front-of-the-house boutique. Filled with cozy garments you can’t help but pick up and feel, the boutique is a destination in and of itself.
Come for a bite, or enjoy a luncheon with the ladies at Ashes Boutique — Photo courtesy of Amy West
Owner and artist Dana Roby exhibits her hand-drawn artwork on choice take-home selections like drapey blouses, children’s onesies and darling little dresses. Tea-themed gifts grace the shelves, along with accessories and shabby chic beach treasures.
Walking towards the rear of the building, you're escorted to an almost secret alcove, the tea room – an intimate setting situated in two rooms. Angelic music drifts through the air, creating a magical ambiance.
Little girls join mothers and grandmas in coming-of-age tea times full of dress up, laughter and wisdom, while couples bend their heads together in quiet breaths of conversation.
Ashes' delectable concoctions are prepared by hand — Photo courtesy of Amy West
The menu features a variety of robust Harney & Sons teas ranging from traditional blacks to more fruit-filled flavors. Fresh green salads find place alongside tea trays made for tables of two or more, filled with colorful fruit and mini sandwiches prepared with homemade goodness.
The creamy tomato bisque is a fan favorite, and let’s not forget dessert! Coconut cake, chocolate cake, pecan tartlets and scones with tart lemon custard grace the menu to delight your tempted taste buds.
Enjoy fresh, homemade scones and lemon custard at Ashes Boutique and Tea Garden — Photo courtesy of Amy West
Originally conceived as a beachside boutique, Ashes Boutique and Tea Garden organically grew into a much loved local tea room that remains one of the best-kept secrets in Jacksonville. Roby’s heart is to bring loved ones together and connect them over shared memories and great food.
Her hand-drawn sketches illustrate the simple beauty she loves to share, and those sketches can be transferred to almost any of the lovely garments in her boutique. At Ashes, it’s about more than just business as usual for the owner; it’s about embracing folks and welcoming them with friendship and warmth.
Fresh food in an elegant setting — Photo courtesy of Amy West
Those seeking a unique birthday party destination for princesses both young and old will find the tea room ideal, and baby showers, bridal luncheons and even engagements have all be known to fill the cottage with light and laughter.
For an intimate afternoon full of tasty treats and warm memories, Ashes Boutique and Tea Garden is where you should make your reservation.
Delightful tea-themed gifts await in the boutique — Photo courtesy of Amy West