English Tea in Richmond

Many who grew up in Virginia in the 20th century knew that a drive to Richmond to shop was the only way to get the latest fashions and accessories. Dressed in their Sunday best, shoppers strolled the streets that connected the shopping meccas of Thalhimers, Miller & Rhoads, and Montaldo's. A lunch with a fashion show at the Miller & Rhoads' ever-popular Tea Room was booked well in advance of the trip. As models paraded down the runways and among the tables, talking with lunch-goers about the latest fashions offered in the store, "Master of the Tearoom" Eddie Weaver played the piano or organ, and local businessmen gathered on the far side of the room in the men's corner to close deals. Signature menu items such as the Missouri Club, Brunswick stew, and chocolate silk pie are still reminisced about today. Suburban sprawl and corporate buyouts by large out of state companies ultimately caused the closure of all of these stores. The Tea Room still serves -- only now as a reminder of a gentler time.

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