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GALLERY: Tea time at The Duchess on Elma in Okotoks

Okotoks residents and tourists looking for a quaint, British-style experience in an antique setting are invited to tea time at The Duchess on Elma.

The Duchess on Elma is the place to be for lovers of the antique and a fine cup of tea.

The Bridgerton-inspired tea house was opened in Olde Towne in December but the location traces its roots as far back as 1902, two years before the Town of Okotoks was incorporated.

"The house was built in 1902 and it was actually the old blacksmith's house," said owner Sherry Lindenback. "He was actually the blacksmith in Okotoks in the late 1800s.

"The location is a beautiful gem. When I got her she was pretty rough, but we've put her back together and created this beautiful tea house."

The tea house is filled with antiques, which Lindenback hopes add to the old-fashioned aesthetic while promoting sustainability.

"All the furniture has been repurposed," said Lindenback. "It's just a great way to create a sustainable project as well, especially with in Okotoks it being so important to reduce, reuse, recycle."

Lindenback also owns 94 Take The Cake, a bakery just a few doors down on Elma Street, but with a very different aesthetic.

"It is, of course, very stark, black and white, looks like a cartoon," said Lindenback. "This is a fun project for me because it's very polar opposite, vintage, all beautiful colours, fine china."

The Duchess on Elma is open by reservation Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. More information is available on the tea house's website.

Amir Said

About the Author: Amir Said

Amir Said is a reporter and photographer with the Western Wheel covering local news in Okotoks and Foothills County. For story tips or questions about his articles, Amir can be reached at [email protected].
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