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Tamika Catchings @catchin24 Takes Ownership of Tea’s Me Cafe @gsymedia

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Tamika Catchings is the new owner of the Tea’s Me Cafe in Indianapolis, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

Two words: Star Struck.

That’s what happened to me when I visited Tea’s Me Cafe this week at 140 East 22nd Street in Indianapolis, Indiana — to find the cafe’s new hands-on owner Tamika Catchings working behind the counter!

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With Tamika Catchings! I’m 6’1″ and she’s wearing flats!

It’s not every day that I get the opportunity to meet and be photographed with one of the greatest athletes of our generation! Or to have a 10-time WNBA All-Star and 4-time US Olympian serve me a cup of tea!

I’m star struck, pure and simple. Yes, I have a degree in journalism. Yes, I know I am supposed to be objective. But she swept me off my feet with her charm, grace and friendly personality — which is pretty much the opposite of her relentless, ruthless style of play on court. What a nice lovely young lady (I can say that since I have two daughters who are older)!

teas-me-cafe-05-tamika-catchingsI’ve driven by the building a hundred times, but I never noticed this beautiful little cafe, because from the outside the building kind of looks like an office building. Inside you’ll find this lovely tea room, formerly owned by Wayne Ashford, with gorgeous wood finishings and tasteful decorations, and a delightful selection of teas, sandwiches, soups, desserts, a breakfast menu, and more.

Ashford, I’m told, was set to close the cafe after a ten-year run when one of his regular long-standing customers — Catchings — decided to purchase the cafe and keep it open! I consider it a great little find on the Indy restaurant scene, and I’m sorry I didn’t discover it earlier.

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WTHR Channel 13’s Rich Nye having a cup of tea at Tea’s Me Indy — served by Tamika Catchings.

This week’s media event had TV and print media in attendance (see photo above), and somehow I got an invitation. For them it was “old hat” to do another interview with Tamika. For me it was a rare and extraordinary thrill! Thank you so much to Geffrey S. Yabes from GSY Media for including me on the media list! Also, many thanks to Manager Joi DeFrantz and Head Chef Fred Correll for the excellent hospitality and cordiality!

The cafe will host an Open House on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Tamika will speak at 11 am and again at 1 pm. Hope you can make it!

Tea’s Me Cafe is open Mon-Sat, 7 AM to 3 PM. Stop by and check it out. Maybe Tamika will serve your tea, too!

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  1. Briana R.
    April 8, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Just heard about the new ownership on the news, congrats! One thing saddens me, however…I will be disappointed to see coffee on the menu here. Even the smell alone will most likely take over the shop, and take away the ambiance for tea drinkers. Happy for extended hours, but hoping maybe coffee will stay away.

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