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Bee’s Knees Tea Cafe and Bakery: What’s Buzzing in Lancaster

“Tea has become the new coffee,” said Chris Martin, co-owner of the Bee’s Knees Tea Café and Bakery located on Prince Street.

Yet, Martin admitted, “my dream was to have a little coffee shop, but tea is very popular right now.” In the style of compromise, The Bee’s Knees Tea Café and Bakery serves both coffee and tea, with an emphasis on tea. From a soothing green tea to strong chai, their tea listing offers a variety of options for tea lovers.


“I love all the chai teas and rooibos,” said Martin.

In addition to her sweet tooth for both tea and coffee, Chris Martin and her daughter/business partner, Sarah Koveleski, also share a love for cupcakes. Their first shop, Just Cupcakes, was opened five years ago in York.

DSC_2170-1024x682Inspired by a shop in the Bronx from Martin’s childhood, the sweets-loving duo decided to expand their business from just cupcakes to a tea café. Combining their love for sweet, classy treats and a flavorful early 1930s and late 1940s theme, they named their new shop in Lancaster, The Bee’s Knees Tea Café and Bakery.

Running two shops in two different cities has been a challenge for both native York County residents, Martin and Koveleski. And for now, Martin has said she is “so done with expanding.”

With Martin and her daughter buzzing around like the two very busy bees that they are, they rely on their employees for help.

DSC_2178-1024x682Behind the delicious goodies that are displayed at the Bee’s Knees, is baker and YTI culinary graduate, Chelsea Walton.

“I like to bake the scones,” said Walton of her favorite item to bake at the Bee’s Knees.

However, both Amanda Phean (another helpful employee at The Bee’s Knees) and Walton agreed, that the strawberry rhubarb and almond orange shortbread have been the customers’ favorites this season. The Green Honey Bush-Peach Apricot tea, they added, have also been a very popular choice.

The Bee’s Knees offers tea specials throughout the day, starting with a refreshing breakfast tea. The breakfast tea includes the pairing of the customer’s choice of tea with breakfast treats such as quiche, scones and french toast.

DSC_2182-1024x682A Luncheon Tea is later served and consists of a pot of tea, a scone served with lemon cream and curd, a cup of soup, a tea sandwich and lastly, a delicious pastry.

On Saturdays and Sundays, reservations are encouraged so that customers can enjoy a classic High Tea. In traditional High Tea style, two to three customers can enjoy an intricate and abundant display of pastries, soups and sandwiches over a pot of tea.
In addition to special teas, The Bee’s Knees also bakes for weddings and bridal parties.

For a warm pot of tea, a cup of coffee or a sweet treat, stop by the Bee’s Knees Tea Café and Bakery on 6 N. Prince St. in Lancaster and see what everyone is buzzing about.


More information on pricing, specialty teas and events can be found on the Bee’s Knees Facebook page at