A long driveway ushers patrons along a line of rustling trees to the door of Enchanted Creations, nestled on a serene four-acre property. Once inside, a wall of more than 200 loose-leaf teas and herbs in bulk draws customers to the back of the store, past displays of garden accents, kitchen gadgets, and accessories and gifts such as purses, scarves, and handmade Phasha journals and bags. At the counter, owner Wanda McCumber pours complimentary cups of the steeped tea of the day, a rotating selection intended to welcome guests and broaden their tea repertoires. Those browsing the tea wall are encouraged to experiment with their own loose-tea concoctions, or fill bags with Enchanted Creations’ house blends, such as the cardamom chai, which blends yerba mate, cinnamon, and rooibos.
McCumber began her shop in 2003 as a home for the wooden trellises and arbors she built in her spare time, the outgrowth of a lifelong passion for woodworking and renovating old houses. Though she doesn't showcase as many of her own creations in her store these days, she still stocks artistic trellises and concrete statement pieces to accessorize a garden or replace a stolen hood ornament, as well as Lampe Berger products and WoodWick candles to freshen indoor spaces. The majority of her stock comes from Canadian companies, and McCumber sources fair-trade and North American products as often as possible.