By now, Carol was about out of time. She didn’t say a word about it, but I could tell by the looks on the faces of the staff that she was needed. This is a Busy place!
Before letting her go, I had to ask about the Tea Room’s clientele. Where do all of these people come from? Well, as you might expect, Columbia, Charlotte, and Charleston patrons account for a goodly number.
But since Carol and her husband advertise in national tea magazines, people driving through South Carolina from all over the United States, and even Canada, stop for tea, and for a look at the building.
Even more impressive, Ridgeway residents too frequently drop in for lunch and a chat. Especially since Carol added the deli area downstairs and the deli menu. I met several Ridgeway residents during two visits, and found them very proud of “their” Tearoom. Oh, and don’t forget travelers who just pass by and see the WiFi sign!
Thanks again, Carol, for your time, and for creating this wonderful institution in Ridgeway, South Carolina.