Elegant Charm: Kathy Cody

By Leslie Moore

Elegant Charm: Kathy Cody

Kathy Cody, Calabash Garden Tea Room

Describe yourself in a few sentences.

I am passionate about my work; I love to cook and have been told I’m a workaholic. Luckily, I have been blessed with endless amounts of energy and primarily good health that helps me sustain my businesses. The love and support I receive from my family and friends keeps me motivated. When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling and trying new restaurants. Vintage jewelry and fashion are also passions of mine.

What do you reach for first at the Thanksgiving table? Who prepared it?

Thanksgiving dinner is usually served at my home with family, friends and anyone else who needs a place to celebrate. I will be preparing the meal, and my mother’s old family recipe for stuffing with bacon and walnuts is what I reach for first. Yum! My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

When writing thank you notes – hand written or digital? Why?

Handwritten of course! I am old fashioned that way and feel that is a much better way to say thank you.

Give us three things in your life that make you stop and say “thank you” – and why you chose them.

First, I am grateful to my parents for raising me to be a strong, independent woman. I have a happy life in a beautiful home here in paradise, and every day I get to come home to my sweet puppy, Franklin, whom I rescued this past winter. I am extremely grateful to have created a successful business where people can come and enjoy “taking tea” in a quaint and inviting atmosphere.

What makes Calabash Garden Tea Room unique?

There are many things that make the Calabash Garden Tea Room unique. We just celebrated our eighth anniversary and have consistently been rated by teamap.com as the number one tea room in North Carolina. These ratings come from our customers. Your Calabash Garden Tea Room experience begins from the second you walk through the door. Our decor is an elegant combination of vintage and classic design that takes you back to another era. The service is thoughtful, friendly and personal, and our menu features a unique selection of tea sandwiches, fresh baked scones, desserts and over 80 different loose leaf teas for guests to choose from – each tier is presented with fresh flowers!

Our gift shop has everything the tea lover could wish for and more! Taking tea is not simply eating a meal; it is a transformation in time. Soft classical music playing in the background adds to the peaceful and nearly hypnotic atmosphere. Our customers return month after month and year after year to enjoy everything the tea room has to offer. We think everyone will agree there is no place else on earth like it!

Calabash Garden Tea Room is located at 10152 Beach Drive, SW, Calabash, North Carolina. Hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 11:30 – 3 pm. For more info, visit www.calabashgardentearoom.com, find them on Facebook or call 910-579-9500.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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