sketch by Annie Glacken, www.annieglackenwatercolors.com
Cozily tucked away behind and between the T. Bagge Merchant and the Moravian Book and Gift Shop, in Old Salem Museums and Gardens, the Flour Box Tea Room and Café sits offering a shaded, pebbled patio terrace. Spring and summer hours bring live music to an adjoining stage. Spring, summer, and autumn hours bring the Cobblestone Farmers’ Market to its parking lot and beyond. A place to gather and socialize, with enough silent moments to gather your thoughts..
Our story begins during the summer of 2011. Milla Ranieri and her husband, Mike, were living and working in Wetherby, Yorkshire, a pleasant community with stone buildings, slate roofs, and walking trails stretching from hither to yon. While there, they frequented a tea room in nearby Harrogate, a regional marketplace. The variety of teas and baked goods offered at that tea room reminded Milla of her childhood and sparked a desire to bring the culture of “taking tea” to the Triad. In 2013, an opportunity to open a bakery presented itself and Milla jumped in with both feet. The bakery was named The Flour Box Bakery and it quickly became a favorite stop of many locals.
In 2015, opportunity knocked a second time for Milla, this time in the form of a restaurant. The format was changed to add a tea service and The Flour Box Tea Room and Café was created. With the support of Old Salem Museums and Gardens and the loyalty of the best customers in the Triad, the tea room continues to grow and to refine itself.