History of the Robinson-Bray House

Built in 1885, the Robinson-Bray House is a popular landmark and one of the most noteworthy historic buildings in Streetsville.  The Robinson-Bray House is located at 223 Queen Street South, at the corner of Queen Street and Mill Street.  In the first century after being built, the house was owned by two families, the Robinsons, followed by the Brays.  Since that time, the building has undergone restorations, including expanding the house to accommodate several independent businesses.  Almost 35 years ago, the City of Mississauga designated the Robinson-Bray House of “architectural and contextual value.”

Businesses and Services

Today, the Robinson-Bray House is home to an array of shops and services on each floor of the building.   Among the businesses found in the Robinson-Bray house today, you will discover a tea room, spa, hair salons, gift shop, psychiatrist office, marketing company and DJ & photography services.   The names of the businesses are as follows:

  • The Tea Room
  • Digital Dream Productions Inc.
  • Urselina’s Concepts
  • Concepts Hair Salon
  • Ada’s Corner
  • Toronto Medial Laser Clinic
  • Dr. Stephen Grant Fowler (Psychiatrist)
  • Mon Eva Hair Studio
  • Anna Pilon Skin Therapy & Spa
  • Fusion5ive

The Tea Room

The Tea Room opened in 1989 and was originally run by Rhonda Turner.  Following Rhonda’s retirement, the Tea Room was owned and operated by Bernie Mc Clennan and Marg Heringer.  In 2010 Melanie Howsam took over and has been the owner and operator ever since.

Melanie is very passionate about the Tea Room, and has been since she worked there back in High School.  After her training in the Culinary Arts program at George Brown, Melanie worked as a pastry chef at some notable establishments.  She was eager to return to The Tea Room in 2009 and partner with owner Marg.  In 2010 Marg retired and Melanie officially took over.

The Tea Room has remained a successful business over the past 27 years because of the delicious food and pleasant ambiance.  Not only is the Tea Room in a charming heritage location, but it is also unique because there are no other tea houses in the area.  The Tea Room is renowned for its delicious desserts, particularly scones and pastries.  Customers also rave about the creamy broccoli soup that has been on the menu since The Tea Room first opened!  Everyone can agree that servers are always welcoming and attentive.  The Tea Room offers an extensive list of teas and the afternoon tea service is the most popular time of day!

Ada’s Corner Gift Shop

Those who have visited Ada’s Corner are well aware of how precious and unique the merchandise is in this quaint little shop.  With all of the one of a kind treasures found in store, it is the perfect location to pick out a gift for someone you care about.  From handbags, to fashion jewelry, to home décor items, there is something for everyone at Ada’s Corner.  At Ada’s Corner you are always greeted with a friendly smile and attentive service.  Ada’s Corner is located on the main floor, in the front area of the Robinson Bray House.

In addition to The Tea Room and Ada’s Corner Gift Shop, you can also visit the Robinson-Bray House to take advantage of the range of services offered including: spas, salons and social and corporate services.  Come in to explore the Robinson-Bray House and experience one of Streetsville’s oldest and most popular historic buildings!