Carol Allen leaves legacy in Ridgeway

RIDGEWAY – When Carol Allen, 73, died last Wednesday, Nov. 1, from metastatic melanoma, her death left a huge hole in Ridgeway’s heart and a legacy that few entrepreneurs ever match. She is the unassuming woman who opened a tea room that catapulted Ridgeway into the tourist mecca it is today. Before Allen opened Laura’s […]

Something besides tea is brewing at Laura’s Tea Room

RIDGEWAY – Something’s up – upstairs, that is – at Carol Allen’s Laura’s Tea Room in Ridgeway. It’s a new consignment store called Grama’s Attic, named after Allen’s late mother, Eleanor Keene, known affectionately to Tea Room customers as Grama. Keene oversaw the Tea Room kitchen from the time it opened in 2005, at 104 […]

Sipping and Shopping

Sipping and Shopping – RIDGEWAY – Eighty-one women snatched up tickets for a charity fashion show Sunday afternoon at Laura’s Tea Room in Ridgeway. The show, coordinated by Kathy Cunningham and Arlene Bakutes, featured fashions and models from Bella & Blue Boutique and was organized by the Transfiguration Catholic Church Columbiettes. Pictured above are four […]

Tea Time with Barclay School

RIDGEWAY – Barclay School student Claire Hood, 11, standing left, serves a triple tray of sweets during a Royal Tea fundraiser for the school at Laura’s Tea Room in Ridgeway Monday in celebration of the Royal Wedding on Saturday. Tea Room wait staff, Sarah McElmurray, pours tea. Carol Allen, owner of the Tea Room, donated […]

USA Today recommends Laura’s Tea Room for Mother’s Day

RIDGEWAY – The May 7 issue of USA Today, on newsstands Monday, featured Carol Allen’s Laura’s Tea Room in Ridgeway as one of ten tea rooms around the country that it considers perfect settings for Mother’s Day celebrations. Tea rooms in Pasadena, CA; New York City; Tampa, Florida and Salt Lake City, were among those […]

Children’s High Tea at Laura’s Tea Room

RIDGEWAY – It was the fourth annual Children’s Christmas Tea at Laura’s Tea Room in Ridgeway, and Lauren Attaway was eager to mention that she and her mom, Samantha, had attended each of the four. And no wonder. The room was filled with fun elegance, with little girls and their moms and grandmothers, all in […]

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