Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A corner of the Halle Bros. Co. Tea Room

Photo courtesy of the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University

Some of you know that I collect images and recipes and memorabilia from old department store tea rooms. Most of my collection was acquired as I compiled a book on the topic back in 2011. I occasionally get the urge to write a second book, and so I've begun researching again. This week, I came across a postcard image I'd never seen before, for the Halle Bros. Co. in Cleveland, Ohio. I'm surprised by how very spacious the tea room looks, especially by today's tea room standards.

I know I've asked this before, but it's probably time for me to ask it again: How many of you can ever remember going to a department store tea room? If you did, I'd love to hear the name of it, because it might be one whose history (and recipes) I need to explore!

9 comments:

  1. The Tea Rooms I remember as a child was Lyons Tea House in London, so not the USA, but was always special to go there along with a day of sales shopping in London on Oxford Street.

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  2. I don't remember it clearly but I think I went to the Magnolia Room at Rich's with my grandmother. I wish department stores today had tea rooms!

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  3. I have been to Halle’s tearoom. Halle’s seventh floor is where you could see Mr.Jingleling at Christmas. Also, Higbee’s and Stouffer’s in Cleveland.

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  4. I do vaguely remember going to the tea room at "Woodie's," the Woodward & Lothrop department store in downtown Washington, DC, when I was in college long ago. So I was very pleased to see that you included it in your "Dainty Dining" book.
    --from Vernona in DC

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  5. I remember going to a tearoom in Philadelphia PA probably around 1980 (?). I do not remember the name, but it was in a brownstone. It was lovely with delicious food and treats - my first time sampling scones with devonshire cream and lemoncurd. Wish I remembered the name!!! My love of teatime!

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  6. When I was little, and department stores were downtown, we would go to Belk and Ivy’s (purchased by Dillard’s) in Charlotte. I remember having lunch at one or the other but I don’t know if it was a tea room or just a restaurant.

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  7. I grew up in Maryland (born and raised). Hutzler's Department Store was big in Baltimore and grew to a chain of about ten stores. Going to their tea room was the highlight of a shopping trip (which we generally did annually, right before the start of school). I have very fond, sweet memories of our trips and visits to the tea room. Good times! :)

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  8. I remember in the late '60s, early '70s our local Macy's had a restaurant room of sorts...I remember lunch tables with white tablecloths, waitress service. I think I remember my mother drinking tea. Nice memories. Albany, NY

    Kim

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  9. I always wanted to go to a department store tearoom, but my mother was on a tight budget and tearooms were not in that budget. Sometime later I would peak in the one at Meier and Frank here in Portland.

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