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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Chris Noth Appears at Windsor Tea Room

Law & Order and Crimininal Intent's Chris Noth made an appearance at his long-time girlfriend’s tea room in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, named “Once Upon a Teacup.”

The Windsor Star reports:

“For new father Chris Noth, coming to Windsor was a chance to catch up on some sleep.

"Honey, let me do some press for the Teacup, get some zzzs," Noth joked Saturday at Once Upon a Teacup, the Windsor child-oriented tea room that is the brainchild of his longtime girlfriend and Windsor native Tara Wilson.

Wilson gave birth to the couple's first child, Orion Christopher, three weeks ago and mom stayed in New York City on the weekend while Noth, of Sex and the City and Law and Order fame, came to Windsor to meet with fans and film a segment on the tea room for Entertainment Tonight Canada.

The Teacup is a fantastic idea that Tara and her sister Stephanie and their best friend Tina came up with and it's been going great guns," said Noth, who recently wrapped up filming of the Sex and the City movie.

"I'm very proud of them, I'm very proud of the business itself. It's a place to bring kids together and the community together and we're about to franchise, we're looking to go to Montreal, Toronto, always in family-oriented places. I like to get involved in things that bring people together, whether it's music or something like this."

The tea room is located at Banwell Road and Wildwood Drive.

Customers who purchased a latte at the shop in recent weeks were also given the opportunity to win a lunch with Noth on Saturday. About two dozen fans lined up outside the shop waiting to meet the actor, many carrying memorabilia from his shows.

Once Upon a Teacup is a place designed for mothers and their children to meet with friends, share a meal, drink specialty teas and dress up in costumes.

Noth said when he first agreed to help finance the project he didn't imagine his own child might be a customer.

"I had no idea when we started it that I'd be bringing my kid here," said Noth.

"I'm going to say 'Orion, go dress up as Spiderman and leave us alone.'"

Noth said he enjoys visiting Windsor, in particular the casino "where I lose my money." “

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