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The New Leaf Tea Room, Riverton, New Jersey

Tuesday, January 8th 2013 @ 6:01 PM

The New Leaf Tea Room and Gift Shoppe is conveniently located at 606 Main Street in Riverton, NJ.  Housed in a 1910 Victorian storefront for over 30 years, their beautiful gift shop takes you back to a time of elegance and charm where you can browse a unique array of distinctive, yet affordable, gifts.  The gift boutique is filled with home decor, bath and body products, stained glass, seasonal treasures, custom wreaths, florals, collectibles, candles, and beautiful jewelry.


Ezra Perkins erected the house in 1889 and then built a small building on the right side as a butcher shop, circa 1900. The property was sold to a prosperous Riverton pharmacist, William Stiles, who had his own drug store at 526 Main Street. He razed the butcher shop and erected a “thoroughly modern drug store and soda water fountain”, which opened in April 1910. The drug store not only had patent medicines, but also a small lending library where, for a cent a day, one could rent a book to read. The soda fountain was popular, and various toiletries were also part of the regular stock. William Stiles and his wife lived in the house at 608 Main Street until they built a new home on the corner of Thomas and Midway. Stiles owned the store until 1936, when he sold the business. In the 1940’s, the residence and drug store were purchased by Freeman Hunter, who operated a fine furniture store for over 30 years.


In 1979, this site became the home of the current gift shop. The property was purchased in 2003 by the Rodgers family, lifelong residents of this area. (The business is now up for sale.) The buildings have retained many of their vintage characteristics, such as: the original, ornately embossed 15 foot tin ceiling; apothecary shelves; showcase windows; pocket doors; and arches, corbels, and moldings. The two structures are connected by an enclosed walkway that was originally used when the druggist was called for at night. The passageway now serves as an entrance to the formal Victorian tea room, which occupies the first floor of the 1889 house.  Specializing in Tea Accoutrements, you will find a varied array of tea pots, tea cups, tea cozies, tea publications, children’s tea sets, tea accessories as well as numerous varieties of loose leaf teas.


The New Leaf Tea Room offers themed teas with entertaining musical, historical and theatrical presentations.  Reservations are required for afternoon tea and may be made by calling (856) 786-0323.  The New Leaf Tea Room offers a Little Princess Tea for guests under eight. The Riverton Royal Tea includes tea sandwiches, scone with Devon cream and preserves, seasonal fruit, delectable mini desserts, and a pot of tea.  The Queen’s Tea includes the selections of the Royal Tea plus a cup of soup or salad.


The charming Victorian parlours bedecked in crystal chandeliers, oriental carpets & rich tapestries are perfect for celebrating any special occasion such as bridal showers or baby shower, office parties, bridal luncheons, fundraisers, Red Hat gatherings, Anniversaries or family reunions, adult or children’s birthday parties and are perfect for a few friends to enjoy each other’s company.  The tea room can accommodate 40 guests with different areas; each offering unique charm.  Children’s Tea Parties may be held on Saturday mornings and last 1.5 hours.  Party activities are always age appropriate and include make up, dress up, songs, etiquette talk, and sticker fun.  Crafts and goodie bags are optional.


Contact:  The New Leaf Tea Room,
600 Main Street, Riverton, NJ  (856) 786-0323



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