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Former Peony Tea House to get new owner

The former Peony Tea House will reopen next week as Sweet Violets Tea & Antiques.

Owner Debby Woodroof plans to keep a similar menu to Peony's, but instead of offering paintings by local artists, she wants to focus on the antique scene.

“I think it's an investment in the future of Fort Wayne,” she said in a written statement. “Through revitalization with Parkview Field, new housing projects underway and various beautification projects of the Downtown Improvement District, I feel the downtown area is coming back to life and is becoming more vibrant as a center of activity.”

Eventually, Woodroof plans to expand the business to include catering and tea and etiquette classes.

The Peony Tea House served its final lunch at the end of May. Owners Sue Shull and Karen Starn decided to close because of health issues.

"(The tea house) was my little baby," Shull says. "It's going to be bittersweet to leave. I know I have to go to take care of family matters, but I'm going to miss all the people and miss all the fun that we had."