Indiana Farm Table & Tea Room Invites Visitors to Sip, Shop & Celebrate
Table and Tea has become one of the Indianapolis area’s favorite event venues, and its beauty and charm seem a natural fit for its home at historic Fort Harrison.
But the business almost didn’t open at Fort Harrison — or anywhere else in Indiana, for that matter.
Owner Shauna Williams and her husband, Ryan, wanted to merge their work. She was an event planner, and he built furniture.
Both Lawrence natives, the couple envisioned setting up shop at Fort Harrison. But when they initially looked for sites in that area, they struck out.
So they extended their search to other parts of Indianapolis. After months of looking, again they had no luck. Maybe it was time to relocate out of state, the couple decided.
But first, Shauna gave Fort Harrison one more look. This time she found the perfect spot in the Harrison Quarters building on Post Road. The 117-year-old townhome served as officers’ quarters when Fort Harrison was an active Army base.
“It was meant to be,” she now says about the roundabout process that landed Table and Tea just minutes from the Williams’ home.
Since opening in May 2017, Table and Tea has become a go-to spot for everything from hosting children’s parties, to shopping for boutique items, to conducting business meetings. Table and Tea also provides space for Ryan’s customers at Indiana Farm Table to meet with him to design their custom furniture.
The business’s eclectic mix of event hosting, boutique sales, craft classes and green space sets it apart, Shauna says. In fact, her customers — many of whom are from Fishers, Geist and Noblesville — frequently tell her there’s nothing else like it in the area.
“We’re a small event venue, and when you come there’s always coffee, tea, water or lemonade,” she says. “There’s always a tea party type of feel to it.”
Event rental is Table and Tea’s most popular service, with party packages and annual memberships available. The venue also sells boutique items created by Shauna and other vendors.
Table and Tea offers baby and preschool playtime activities and arts and crafts workshops, too. Young visitors gravitate to Table and Tea’s playroom, which is stocked with dress-up clothes.
Professionals can also rent space at Table and Tea for work and meetings.
It all happens in the 1,700 square feet of space where visitors can see everything from exposed brick from the old officers’ quarters to the decorated mantle that remains where the former home’s fireplace once stood. The building overlooks Fort Harrison State Park Inn and its gazebo.
“People love sitting on the front porch and the sense of community that’s here,” Shauna says. “Walk a few feet in every direction, and there’s beautiful scenery.”
Table and Tea is located at 5805 N. Post Road, Indianapolis. To learn more about special summer hours and products or to book an event, call 317-597-0250 or visit them online at tableandtea.net for more information.