“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”- Scout Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird”
My favorite book of all time is “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. I started reading at an unusually young age. “To Kill a Mockingbird” was probably my first real book, and it’s stuck with me. I love everything about it and I read it often. So when I googled “Park City bookstores” and Atticus Teahouse came up, I was pretty intrigued: Atticus Finch is the name of the father in my beloved story. A quick glance at their website told me that the shop offered coffees, teas, sandwiches, and new or used books. After being temporarily sidetracked by a vintage car show on Park City’s Main Street, I paid Atticus Teahouse a visit.
I have a confession: I don’t like tea.
Sure, I’ll sip a cup of hot tea on a snowy day if I have a sore throat or something. But I’ve never enjoyed iced tea, and will order a cup of coffee over hot tea every single time. Atticus offers a full service espresso bar and various coffees, but the tea selection was staggering. When in Rome, right? After kindly being offered a sample taste, I selected an iced Ginger Apricot Peach tea. My first few suspicious sips surprised me… it was delicious.
I ordered a turkey wrap named after my favorite character in the book (Scout) and found a seat by the window. There’s a shaded patio out front with plenty of al fresco seating, but I wanted to get a feel for the inside of the place. Opened in July of 2010, Atticus Teahouse is a family-run business. It was smaller than I expected- they pack a lot into the space, but it works. Atticus Teahouse is a feast for the creative eye: there is so much to take in, from random chalkboard quotes to the vintage-style art on the walls to the variety of patrons coming in the door.
Do you see all of those canisters lining the walls, filled with loose leaf tea? (Do you also see a patron so comfortable, he decided to take a nap?)
As I waited for my wrap, I roamed around the shop. Something that impressed the girl in me who used to work in a preschool was the Kids Forest– a little nook tucked into the back of the store, decorated imaginatively with a child’s eye in mind. Any place that recognizes the importance of childhood reading gets a HIGH FIVE from me.
And then, of course, are the books. There are tall bookshelves lining the walls, the upper shelves accessible only by ladder. There are free-standing bookcases filled with every genre of book. It was clear space was limited, with some boxes of used books on deck, ready to be shelved. The owners of Atticus purchase used books for resale, and also offer new books and a wide array of magazines.
Within this small space, they are still able to offer all sorts of interesting and thoughtful gifts. There’s also a significant area for lounging, anchored by a worn-in leather couch. People ticked away on laptops and leafed through newspapers while music by The Black Keys and The Rolling Stones wafted through the air.
I love the colorful concrete floor, hand-painted by a family member.
When my lunch was ready, I was borderline ravenous. The Scout Wrap has turkey, sharp cheddar cheese (mmmm), and a ton of veggies in it. It wasn’t too big, and it wasn’t too small. It was super tasty!
As I happily munched away, I watched all walks of life drop into Atticus Teahouse. Some were clearly locals, efficiently bypassing the people browsing the tea selection to hand their travel mugs over the counter for a refill of coffee. I listened to a family from out of town, chatting over iced lattes about which restaurant to visit for dinner later. A gentleman sipping hot tea greeted a younger man at his table and proceeded with a casual job interview. And Mr. Nap snoozed away.
Before I left, I just had to purchase a few greeting cards. They are my weakness, and Atticus Teahouse had a ton of options! I picked up some gems before I packed up to head home.
Maybe it was the yummy tea. Maybe it was the scrumptious turkey wrap. It could have been the uber-friendly staff that gave me samples, or the bohemian hippie vibe (you know I love that).
Whatever it was, I was comfortable at Atticus Teahouse. I felt welcome and I will go back. I mean, I didn’t even get a chance to try any of the tempting baked goods on display!
Before I left, I snapped a photo of Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, framed on the wall. I still haven’t seen the movie version of “To Kill a Mockingbird” in which he starred, but I know I’ll love it.
And then I asked for a second glass of the Ginger Apricot Peach iced tea, TO GO.
Atticus Teahouse made a tea believer out of me.
This is my FAVORITE book too! My boss gave me a signed copy of it a few years ago when we won a big case. It is one of my prized possessions.
So, I just realized I hadn’t read it in awhile and went to look for it- I can’t find my copy. I wonder if it was a casualty of the move! Sad!
I love love love that book! One of my all time favorites and was just saying that I need to read it again…sometime soon. That and The Great Gatsby! If I found that tea/coffee house…I am afraid I might never leave. And, I’m with you…coffee any day, but that tea does sound delicious. Thanks for the tour and sharing this! 🙂
I really have to read the Great Gatsby, and I also want to see THAT movie…!
Let’s make a pact! 🙂 Read it by October ? 🙂
Great! I’ll add it to my list!
Same here! Will be fun to revisit it!
I love that book, too! My Dad is an English Professor and called me Boo when I was little. He exposed me to this book at a very young age – such a gift. Great post!
Boo is an adorable nickname! I do feel the book is relatable to kids… a good intro to great literature. I wish I could find my copy! 😦
I was a ridiculously early reader, as well. And I LOVE that book!
The bookstore is AMAZING. I would set up a little home in the corner and never leave. My dream has always been to open a little shop very much like that one.
I have always wanted to own a coffee/treat shop, too!
I love to find places like these! Sadly I haven’t found one in Puerto Rico [maybe one day I’ll open one]. I gotta say, with this little shop, and all previous posts of Park City I’m thinking my next vacation will be to Utah [I’ve never seen snow] Let’s see if I can convince the mr. 🙂
Never seen snow- amazing! I love PR. I spent some time on Vieques and in Old San Juan. You should open a coffee house!
I LOVE Atticus Teahouse! I was in Park City last summer, and this was go-to coffeehouse. PS did you know that they’re dog-friendly? Looks like you and Cholula have a date!
I didn’t know that! How awesome!
Ithink I would spend all day there. It looks like an awesome place to sit back and relax! I LOVE tea. Sometimes 6 or 7 cups a day lol glad to see you are trying some doifferent kinds 🙂
I wish I knew how to make the iced fruity kind I had that day!
How DID I do that? I completely missed this. It must have been when my inbox was piled high (which it was for a while). I am only just now back on the WordPress Blog Reader after two weeks off. Cuh-RAZ-y.
Gnomeboy! HA! Cute, but I do prefer the bacon one. That’s awesome stuff. I wish I was that creative.
You bacon me crazy.