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The St. James Tearoom Overview
The St. James Tearoom aims to be a truly counter-cultural force in our city. We intentionally strive to cultivate Community and Connection between people, using our 4-star-rated Afternoon Tea dining experience, our theme-focused Special Events, and even our Market, one of the finest boutique gift shops in Albuquerque. We provide a space to unplug from the age of social media, where some might struggle with loneliness and isolation without face-to-face connections. We allow our guests to deeply connect with each other, to grow old relationships and to make new ones, to find sanctuary from a hectic world. We celebrate life with our guests, mourn when they mourn, and relish one of the things that makes life worth living—relationships!
As owner Mary Alice Higbie explains it, our determined purpose is to run our business in such a way that it encourages every person who comes through our doors, whether it be employees, guests, or vendors, to be intentional in 'infusing meaning and significance into others’ lives" and connecting with them in meaningful, flourishing ways.
Additional Culture Details
"Courtesy, civility, and service are the very oil that makes the gears of society turn smoothly—all our interactions are made more pleasant, so that life is not a constant battle of overcoming one jarring encounter after another. It is the OIL that smooths, softens, and that allows separate and unique entities (and people) to mesh and work together." (Mary Alice Higbie)