Due to the Polar Vortex I missed NEW’s first meeting of the year at Blue Violet Body Works, so I am mighty excited to attend Thursday’s Tea, Women and Wellness Party in Geneva. The fun begins Thursday, January 23 at 6 p.m. and we can sip tea, mingle and sample organic goodies until 8 p.m. at 212 S. Third Street, Geneva, Illinois 60134.


January is national hot tea month and Peaceful Parlour owner Shari Ralish is eager to showcase her personally created blends that promote wellness and soothe the soul. I’m a fan of her Fairytale blend as well as Peaceful Synergy, which both are tasty in summer and in winter. Peaceful Parlour also carries organic honey, a perfect sweetener to the black breakfast teas I am a fan of.


If Peaceful Parlour sounds familiar to you, it is because my ornaments have spent the holidays there, and I’ve mentioned this lovely store before. Geneva is one of my favorite day trip destinations, and I enjoy visiting Shari’s store in particular because of its earth-connectedness and cozy atmosphere.

“The less processed the tea leaves, the greater the amount of antioxidants per cup. Therefore white tea contains the most antioxidants, followed by green tea, then lastly black tea.”
~ Peaceful Parlour’s Facebook page

This article provides a lovely overview of the health benefits and differences between green, white, black and Oolong tea.


Peaceful Parlour’s focus is to find products with environmental and community benefits, supporting local artists, small businesses, fair trade and women co-op groups around the world. These products include household items such as recycled-glass water bottles, cork bowls; gardening accessories; personal adornments such as scarves, hats, jewelry and purses; and home decorative items including lamps, paintings and chimes. With its focus on positive energy flow, Peaceful Parlour also offers incense, purifying sprays and other meditative tools.


The woman-owned store also hosts a variety of pop-up events, including a psychic medium, meet the artisan, outdoor music in the summer and tie-ins to Geneva’s special holiday festivities. Like their Facebook page for a peek at current inventory.


One bonus of Peaceful Parlour’s location is that it is just a few blocks north of the UP-W METRA train station in the historical shopping district of downtown Geneva. I find train rides soothing, particularly in this kind of weather. One evening train conveniently leaves at 8:37, and lingerers can get home with the 10:37 train. Ample street parking is also available near the store on Third Street. Downtown Geneva is full of charming stores and service businesses, so make an afternoon of it and browse this lovely area.

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