The Mad Hatter Tea Room began in 1999 in the Historic Anoka Post Office building as My Mom’s Attic by best friends Liz Koch and Amy Bukkila, two single mothers who wanted to give women a beautiful place to take time for themselves. There was a special magic that happened from the day the doors opened, where customers became friends and regular guests.
Two of their favorite guests were Linda and Andrea Pomeroy, a mother and daughter who loved to come sip tea after long days in the corporate world. After only a few short years Amy decided to move out of town and Liz was not able to continue on without her friend and business partner. It was with great sadness that they decided to sell their little gem. As luck would have it, Linda and Andrea always wanted to own a tea room and began their journey as the new owners in 2002. Linda and Andrea updated the name to ‘The Mad Hatter’, and the tea room continued to grow into a flourishing business and much-loved retreat from life’s stresses.
Unfortunately, God had a plan that we do not understand. He took his Angel Andrea home on October 28, 2010. As you can imagine, Linda did not wish to continue with The Mad Hatter without her precious daughter and business partner Andrea. Liz returned to offer her support and help Linda during the weeks that followed, thus becoming the owner of The Mad Hatter once again.
Today, Liz and her husband Tim Koch are blessed to be serving The Mad Hatter’s wonderful guests in Anoka’s historic Woodbury House.