Last week I celebrated my
28th birthday and I already knew what one of my presents was because my wonderful husband had let me pick it out on a recent trip to Galena, Illinois. If you have never been to Galena you MUST put it on your places to see list. When we lived in Freeport, Illinois it was just a hop, skip and a jump there and we both fell in love with it. It has changed a lot in the years since we last visited but still has the same charm and appeal.
I found a great shop that is also a must go to place if you head that way. The Great Galena Peddlery is run by James and Patricia Lehnhardt. Patricia was in the shop the day we visited and we had a lovely chat. She also has a blog with her daughter with a food emphasis at The Traveling Table that you might want to check out, too.
Of course I was drawn in because the window had some lovely teapots on display and once I was inside Chris told me that I could pick one out for my birthday! What a treat! I finally chose a cast iron one as I did not have one in my collection and felt that I was missing out somehow. Chris helped me choose and I think we got the perfect one.
Of course the entire store was enchanting with the smells of herbs and teas wafting through the air and I was thrilled to be able to take a few pictures to share with my readers. I think you will see why I loved the store so much.
Basic and functional teapots
My Mr. Diamond paying Patricia for my sweet red cast iron teapot.
Lovely display case topped with cast iron teapots.
A wall of tea!
So many choices!
Even goodie tea stands to serve lovely tea accompaniments.
More views of cast iron pots and others for sale.
I love to find great stores like this one with wonderful owners like Patricia who take the time to make sure that the customer has a wonderful experience. Make sure you stop and check out this fabulous shop if you are ever in the Galena area. Tell them I sent you.