In its first two years, The Mason Jar Tea Room has found small-town success in Seymour, Missouri.

The tea room – the only one in town – offers a menu of mostly sandwiches and salads, plus a soup of the day. One of our customers favorites is the chicken salad, says owner Holly Page. Its made just the way you would want it, with all of the good stuff and none of the bad stuff.

The baked goods also draw a crowd. According to Page, the coconut cream cake is amazing,” and the cinnamon rolls meet the highest standards. The area surrounding Seymour has a significant Amish and Mennonite population, who Page says are well-known for their baking abilities, yet many of them come to The Mason Jar Tea Room to pick up cinnamon rolls.

“We think that is a really good compliment,” says Page.

The Mason Jar Tea Room cinnamon roll

Cinnamon rolls are one of the tea room's signature sweets.

Having garnered quite the following in the community, The Mason Jar Tea Room has stayed busy over the past year. Although Page temporarily closed the restaurant at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses that relied on it to deliver lunches to their employees started calling. She decided to reopen the kitchen and continue delivering lunches to those folks, and soon, she was getting orders from more and more local businesses. Many of Seymours restaurants have remained closed or dont deliver, and Page saw an opportunity to fill the void.

“We were actually able to maintain our local deliveries – contactless, of course – and keep our doors open, which was just amazing,” says Page. “Wed only been in business for a little over a year [when the pandemic hit Missouri], and our community kept us going.”

The dining room of the restaurant has reopened as well, with safety measures in place.

The Mason Jar Tea Room cupcake

The Mason Jar Tea Room offers a variety of rotating baked goods. 

Page is particularly grateful to her two children for helping her through this difficult time. “Weekends, its just my son and my daughter and me, and they were like Well, Mom, lets just roll up our sleeves and get it done,” she says. “I was like Guys, we made 56 bucks today. And they were like Well, put it towards the groceries. Well be here tomorrow. So, I just could not be more grateful to my kids. This is our family business; were here to serve the community, and thats exactly what were going to do.”

The Mason Jar Tea Room, 627 Lynch Drive, Seymour, Missouri, 417.655.8948, facebook.com/themasonjartea