Valley couple opens 'The Teapot', a coffee shop that caters to parents

Posted at 5:17 PM, Jun 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-10 16:40:57-04

Within the walls of The Teapot on 5th Avenue, near Roosevelt, you won't see any poetry-reading beatniks. Instead, you'll find children who are more than welcome there.

"There are lots of places for adults and places for kids like Chuck-E-Cheese's and Peter Piper Pizza," The Teapot owner Jonathan Pring said. "But there are no places for adults with children. We wanted to design a cool place moms and dads could enjoy, but is also family-friendly."

Pring, a London native, and his wife, Raelynn, said their lifestyle quickly changed once they had their son three years ago.  

"Going out is not as much fun when you have a rambunctious toddler," Jonathan said. "The cool, hip, trendy places we used to like to go to don't welcome us quite as much like they used to."

So, they were inspired by a London cafe that catered to adults with children.

"Lots of places claim to be family-friendly, but all that really means is you get some crayons," he said.

Open for about two months, The Teapot has a fenced backyard, splash pad and custom made play set. They hold events and activities, like story time on Thursdays.

"It's been reassuring that what we felt we needed in our lives, there have been other families that need the same thing," Jonathan said.

The Teapot is open seven days a week from 8 a.m.. to 2 p.m. The Prings said they hope to eventually expand their hours and their menu to serve dinner. The Teapot charges $2 per child over one year old, which goes toward the upkeep of the playhouse and toy selection.