Linda Fedraw and her husband, Ken, opened the Carriage Shoppes Tea Room on Main Street in Elizabeth on April 7, 2018. They both retired from conventional jobs but felt they were too young to truly …
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Linda Fedraw and her husband, Ken, opened the Carriage Shoppes Tea Room on Main Street in Elizabeth on April 7, 2018. They both retired from conventional jobs but felt they were too young to truly retire.
Prior to the tea room, the industrious couple bought and ran a bed-and-breakfast in Michigan that was built in 1895. After renovating the historic building, they felt as though they had been born in 1895. Despite the initial expenditures, both physical and monetary, Linda and Ken ran it for 11 years, working harder than they had in conventional employment.
After selling the bed-and-breakfast and moving to Colorado, Linda found she could only clean their apartment so many times in a day and the tea room became a needed outlet. Ken, an electrical engineer, was skeptical, but Linda and her daughter Tammy were determined. However, it took a lot of work for her dream of a Victorian-style tea room to materialize.
The renovation crew was dispatched, handily stripping and painting each room a relaxing, subtle color promoting a soothing atmosphere, and carving out more space in the cramped kitchen. Renovations complete, the Carriage Shoppes Tea Room now seated 24 and opened in spring of last year. Brown Palace tea folks best beware.
Whether it is high tea or an afternoon snack, the presentation and quality of the food never waivers. Linda offers a full lunch menu that includes creative salads, croissant sandwiches, cold strawberry soup during the summer months and hot foods to ward off the cold in the winter.
No matter the season, loyal customers come for the ambience as well as the food and will often wear hats or fascinators when they dress to the T’s for high teas. This is especially true during the Christmas season when Linda and her staff will join in the fun and even wear fascinators. Linda is always ready to embrace creative opportunities; so, during the latest royal wedding Linda made crumpets and displayed a picture of the royal couple in the tea room and again wore her fascinator.
Linda describes herself as OCD, but it is more about attention to detail and truly caring that her guests have the finest experience she can provide. She feels the tea room really fits her and her many loyal customers agree.
Linda spoke to the Elbert County News about the tea room.
What type of food do you offer?
We offer a full lunch menu, salads, sandwiches and a cold strawberry soup, grandma’s potato salad (with radishes, etc.), a Berrylicious fruit bowl, small appetite foods such as grilled cheese panini or half a premium salad and, of course, dessert items and scones. The current menu is online.
What is served at high tea?
The guest receives their own tea pot and choice of tea.
The food includes either soup or salad, and in the summer your soup can be cold strawberry soup. On the shelves of the tiers at each table are arranged thus: finger sandwiches on the bottom; scones with Devonshire cream, lemon curd and preserves next; and finger desserts on the top. Always included are chocolate-dipped strawberries. I make the food that morning and I do need 48-hour notice.
What types of groups will you have?
We have birthday parties, bridal showers, reunions, friends gathering for lunch or just tea and dessert.
Is each tea room unique?
First, they are the same in these ways. Each room is painted in soft and restful colors according to its theme but the décor may change slightly to reflect the current season. Background music plays softly to allow conversation. We have three tea rooms. There is the Parlour Room which is painted periwinkle; the Sun Room is yellow and the chairs are so comfortable that people often ask for the Sun Room; the Garden Room is painted a restful green with garden colors and plant decor.
How many teas and what other drinks do you serve?
We have 28 teas that can be viewed on our website, coffee, soda and hot chocolate.
Do you need reservations?
Lunch reservations are not required but reservations are encouraged for large parties because we only seat 24. Now, I require 48-hour notice for the afternoon tea service (high tea).
What are your hours and days?
We are open Tuesday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed on Sunday and Monday.
For more information, call 303-646-4681
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