Brian and Carissa Spenst recently opened Momma Honey and the Princess, a tea house on River Road. (KEIZERTIMES/Jason Cox)

By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

A teahouse has opened in Keizer, with a playroom for the little ones and hot tea and coffee five days a week.

Carissa and Brian Spenst opened Momma Honey and the Princess earlier this month at 4054 River Road N., across the parking lot from Baskin Robbins.

The concept started as a way to get Brian back to work; he’s had trouble finding permanent work since the coupled moved to Oregon two years ago from Ohio.

They’re carrying the Intelligentsia line of teas in 8 oz and 12 oz. cups, with varieties like jasmine peach white, black teas like Earl Grey and English breakfast, herbals like blue crane and chamomile.

Iced teas include berry-infused King Crimson and “The Standard,” described on the menu as “an exquisite black tea … reflecting a deep, rich flavor but never crossing into astringency.”

The Spenst family aimed for a family atmosphere when working on their new digs.

“We’ve noticed as parents that a lot of the coffeeshop-type places, or even restaurants, don’t always have a kid-friendly atmosphere,” Brian said. “We want a stay-at-home mom or dad to feel comfortable bringing them here.”

So that’s why they have a toyroom along with a TV for watching kids’ videos.

In addition to tea, they’ve got hot coffee and plan to have pastries from a local bakery.


Momma Honey and The Princess

Location: 4054 River Road N., Keizer
Phone: (503) 602-7689
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Closed Sunday & Monday