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Margaret's Tea Room and Bank Gift Haus brings boutique chic to Wykoff
By Paula Barness
, Bluff Country Newspaper Group
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 5:34 AM
Mary Sackett, owner of Bank Gift Haus and Margaret’s Tea Room, offers everything from kitchen wares to jewelry, along with a home-cooked meal at her newly reopened shop, which recently moved across the street.
The lower level of the shop currently highlights Sackett’s more rustic home décor including the barn board flower arrangements she creates.
A Wykoff staple, the Bank Gift Haus and Margaret's Tea Room, now has a new location as owner Mary Sackett has moved the business across the street to the former Gold Street Pizza location.
"I decided it was just too beautifully done and no one ever got to see the inside of it. This building also has a much larger kitchen, that was a lot of the reason," Sackett said of the move.
With the tea room becoming more of a focus in her business, Sackett found the kitchen in her former location too cramped, so when she heard Wykoff resident Ruth Peterson was looking at buildings for her antique shop, she knew she had found the solution.
In the early months of this year, Sackett began the painstaking process of moving the business across the street and preparing the new building for its transformation from pizza place to tea room and gift shop.
The shop officially reopened on April 2, but she is still revamping the building to suit the new shop. The Gold Street Pizza awning will be coming down, draperies will be going up and new signs will adorn the beautiful brick façade and more merchandise will be added to complement the shop's boutique chic theme.
"I have a lot more stuff. I've expanded into jewelry, Pam Eickhoff does ear piercing now and we sell a lot of scarves," Sackett said. Customers can find homemade soaps, primitive home décor and kitchenwares; her barn board flower arrangements, which she makes seasonally, are also in high demand. But, it may be the mouthwatering fudge and tasty homemade delights that keeps many customers coming in.
"Our menu here is still tea room-ish with soups and salads, lots of desserts, breads and all are homemade. And, of course, our fudge," she said.
Guests to the tea room are now treated to a great view of downtown Wykoff, which will be enhanced with new windows with less tinting.
"I love sitting here and seeing outside; that way everyone that comes in gets a window seat!"
The blending of the tea room and gift shop continues to bring together two of life's great joys, eating and shopping, as well as a charming setting to catch up with friends and neighbors.
The gift shop hours are Wednesdays through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the tea room serving from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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