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Pauline Tea Bar Apothecary a space to unwind and commune
Support and fellowship welcome and expressed
Published Saturday, December 19, 2020
by Ashleigh Fields

Sherry Waters is owner of Pauline Tea Bar Apothecary.

Editor’s note: One in a series of profiles on Black entrepreneurs.

The Pauline Tea Bar Apothecary is a space that embraces every soul that enters with savory tea and soothing therapy upon request.

It is a place where every emotion evoked is welcomed to be expressed, which was the goal of owner Sherry Waters.

The bar was named in honor of Waters’ grandmothers, Pauline and Lena, whose peaceful presence always seemed to offer transformative restoration. In part because of their steadfast spirits which drew strength from the Bible.

Like the Pauline circle of friends that the Apostle Paul encounters throughout his ministry the tea bar was structurally created to be an open invitation for communal fellowship with God, engaging in acts of hospitality and love. While the space has been used to host bible studies, birthday parties, and artist gatherings it also accepts much needed conversations at the Pauline fellowship table which almost always include Waters.

An Asheville native with a bachelor’s degree in communications from UNC Chapel Hill, a certification in nonprofit management from Duke University and a master’s degree in practical theology/pastoral counseling from Pfeiffer University, Waters brings an extremely diverse perspective. However, it is through herbal tea, prayer and aromatherapy that she keeps things peaceful. Those looking for a chance to woosah amidst a busy life can certainly find refuge within the walls.

The tea bar is located at 2326 Arty Ave. in Camp Greene.


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