Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > General Midwest Archive >
Jan 22, 2008 03:27 PM
Discussion

Cleveland - Anyone Else Been to the Monastery?

Just curious if anyone else has been to the the little tea shop called the Monastery on W. 25th in Ohio City. My girlfriend and I stopped in over the weekend, and while we enjoyed the tea and scones that we had (even though I was given a different tea than the one I ordered...), we felt that one of the two gentlemen running the shop was more than a bit obnoxious. We'd been looking forward to enjoying our tea and some quiet conversation, but it was impossible to do so when we were constantly being interrupted to be lectured/"educated" about tea, and having different tins of teas shoved in our faces to look at/smell. I can appreciate a business owner wishing to educate their customers about their product, but there's a line between sharing knowledge and being an arrogant know-it-all, and both my girlfriend and I felt that line was not only crossed, but leaped over. It was a bit off-putting, and even though we purchased some teas that are wonderful... I'd be reluctant to return for the above mentioned reasons. Just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. One of my co-workers had a similarly "off" experience at the Monastery. I think their order came out incorrect as well, and he found the staff strange. I don't know if they assaulted him with assorted teas, however.

    1 Reply
    1. re: LeslieB

      One of my co-workers went for a weekday lunch and was gone for 2.5 hours, which nobody was happy about. I just drove by there yesterday evening and it was completely empty; the concept must not be catching on, and the experiences people are having there don't seem to help.