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A quiet place to reflect, relax ... and have tea

Probably you've passed by Barclay's Flowers & Tea Garden dozens of times and never stopped in. You should. Just off Roswell Road at 285 West Wieuca Road, the cheerfully painted cottage is a welcoming spot for a cup of tea and an delightful assortment of home-baked pastries and finger food.

Inside, individual tables for two and four feature linen covers and are surrounded by one-of-a-kind decorative accessories, floral arrangements and imported teas, all for sale. Owner Charlotte Barclay, an Alabama native, presides and serves as waitperson, hostess and saleslady. If encouraged, she will share both her tea expertise and travel tales.

Outside, not visible from the street, a romantic terrace behind the cottage features attractive plantings and garden furnishings. Barclay accepts reservations for larger groups for indoors or the tea garden terrace. For weekday reservations, call 404-705-5900.

It is not surprising that the settings are attractive. After a successful career as a model and flight attendant, Barclay trained as an interior designer and accepts assignments now as her schedule allows. When you visit, notice the handsome floor treatment, the hands-on work of the designer with help from an assistant. Wall and window treatments also reflect Barclay's decorating prowess. She also works with other designers to provide floral arrangements and distinctive furniture/accessory items. 

A visionary in her choice of location, she now has a new neighbor, the Fritzi Gallery of Fine Art, at 281 West Wieuca Road. Nearby new construction confirms Barclay's conviction that the off-Roswell site soon will become a mecca for discriminating shoppers seeking the unique -- and, of course, tea with friends and colleagues.


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