Inside the historic, 145-year-old building, dozens of teapots and accessories collected by current owner Mary Ann Waldorf line curtain-swathed shelves. Whether joining friends for a luncheon, purchasing some specialty foods and gift baskets, or savoring high tea in the Angel Room, visitors of the tin-ceilinged teahouse find themselves transported to what seems like another time and place. Teapots, purchasable jewelry, and seasonal tea blends may not be the only Gourmet Junction dwellers; local mediums say the ghosts of Plainfield's first inhabitants tread the hardwood floors.
Great American Bagel Burr Ridge's family-owned bakery doles out dozens of its fresh-made dough discs from its brand-new location. Each bagel is mixed from scratch and steam-baked every day for maximum chewiness. The ring bearers also offer catering services, with platters for business meetings and wedding cakes made entirely from bagels slathered in cream cheese.
House Hookah Delivery's knowledgeable tobacco specialists deliver the enchanting ambiance of a hookah bar's exotic wisps of smoke directly to birthdays, house parties, and get-togethers. Hookah experts arrive on-site at parties to set up Khalil Moon Egyptian hookahs, instructing clients on how to maintain the water pipe and feed it delicious flavored tobacco. Revelers gather round the burbling smoke tower, savoring smooth, water-cooled clouds in flavors such as wild mango, mint, white peach, or cocktail-inspired sex on the beach.
Hookah tenders can remain on-site to care for the water pipe for the full duration of the party for an extra fee, and catering packages make wedding receptions and graduation parties memorable with packages of five or more hookahs
Reese's Gourmet Banana-Mana's sweetscrafters whip up a diverse menu of desserts showcasing their own spin on banana pudding infused with fun flavors. Nine-ounce cups, 9"x11" pans, and 3-foot-deep kiddie pools of the fruity confection can be served frozen, as a chilled pudding, or heated into a sugary plasma. Crunchy cookies sink into the surface of the shop's eight varieties, with such flavors as original banana, lemon crunch, piña colada, and cappuccino.