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Published on Thursday, February 22, 2018

White Oak Tea Tavern

In 2005, Kim and Curt Arney opened the White Oak Tea Tavern. The small, 1700s cabin in Botetourt County could fit 25 people. Even in such a small facility people flocked to the destination tea tavern. Trying the tea was by reservation only, usually made well in advance.

The Salem Historical Society started looking for a business to lease the Preston Place, a massive historical building on West Main Street. Kim stated “they [the Salem Historical Society] wanted someone who would appreciate the history and would keep the doors open. Moving was a no brainer.” Kim and Curt wanted to have room to grow, and grow they did. Expanding from a 24 seat venue to 80 seats, they have still reached maximum occupancy multiple times.

In addition to more seating, White Oak Tea Tavern now has a large gift shop and a private event room. The private event room is typically booked every Saturday for a month in advance. On their small menu you can find over 30 teas, their famous chicken salad, bagel sandwiches, and a variety of freshly baked pastries. There are over 100 loyal patrons who White Oak at least once a week.

If you can’t get enough of their tea, feel free to join their Monthly Tea Club. Each month an exclusive tea is available for Tea Club Members.

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