After 7 years in business, owners of The Victorian Lady Tearoom Kay and Jeff Young will be closing their doors at the downtown Milford location. The Tearoom has been on a limited schedule for weeks now due to Chef Jeff’s recent lung surgery. On his way to recovery, Jeff is reportedly getting better each week but still has a tough road ahead. The last day of serving at their downtown location at 12 NW Front Street will be Saturday, March 17.
In a letter to her customers on February 28, Kay wrote “It is with great sadness that we will close our doors. So many of you have become friends over the years and we truly treasure you and your friendship. We have never looked at you as customers but as our guests and it has been our pleasure to serve you. Words could not express how much we have been blessed by you in so many ways these past 7 years. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Located in the historical Marshall House Kay and Jeff opened The Victorian Lady Tearoom in 2005 after their first tea together at Harrod’s in London England. After reading an article in Southern Lady Magazine about two sisters who had been successful at opening multiple tearooms around the country, Kay decided that she wanted to open a tearoom of her own.
As Kay and Jeff looked for a location to open up their first business together they stumbled upon the historic Marshall House in downtown Milford. Working as professionals their entire lives, Jeff as a Microbiologist and Kay as an Administrative Assistant, the Youngs decided to embrace their entrepreneurial spirit and open their own business.
The Victorian Lady Tearoom will continue to take reservations until their last day of serving on Saturday, March 17. They will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 4pm. The Victorian Lady Gift Shop will remain open during normal hours of operation offering patrons 70 different teas along with other accoutrements, books, scone mixes, jams, curds and tart servers. All gift items in the gift shop will be 20% off.
Kay will continue to sell teas that can be shipped anywhere in the United States from their residence after the downtown business closes. As Kay and Jeff begin to close their doors they will also have commercial products for sale to the public including kitchen sinks, stoves and cash registers.
“This has been the greatest experience of my life,” commented Kay. “We have so many memories and have made so many friends over the years. I am overwhelmed and humbled by the support from our community.”