LaTeaDa tea room marks 20 years as a Clinton destination


CLINTON — When the pandemic lockdown started in 2020, eating establishment owners had to scramble to figure out how they would continue to do business.

Melinda Decker was one of those owners.

Since outdoor dining was permitted under COVID restrictions, her LaTeaDa tea room began serving outdoors and hosting outdoor music events.  They proved so popular, four years later, they still host the regular events as they celebrate LaTeaDa’s 20th anniversary.

“My mom, my aunt, my cousins and I, we liked to go to tea rooms,” Decker said, remembering what inspired her to open LaTeaDa in an old Victorian house on S. Madison Street.  “There were a couple within driving distance, and we could make a day-trip out of it.”

Decker said the goal was something different for Clinton.

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