The Boarding House Treasures and Tea Room is preparing for a major transition in the way it does business, so owner Carla Welsh decided a big event would be a nice way to introduce the change to the Hope Mills community.
After the month of June, the business will no longer be open regular hours for dining as Welsh will transition to solely using the Boarding House for reservation-only events that aren’t open to the general public.
To celebrate the change, Welsh is planning a wine-tasting on Saturday, July 28, that will celebrate various arts as well as showcase the items in the Boarding House available for sale.
Welsh had initially planned for a book signing featuring Leslie Miklosy, but that plan didn’t work out, so she’s hoping Miklosy will be able to come and read some of his works, including his newest, “The Wiggle Room.’’
“He does things like whimsical, insightful reflections and essays,’’ she said. “It’s very entertaining and makes you think as well.’’
Another business owner from nearby Trade Street will be on hand, Cherri Stout, who operates The Studio on Trade Street.
She will bring photographs for viewing and sale.
Another artist, Kimber Dryden, will be there with some of her works. She specializes in portraits, oil paintings and cloud paintings.
Also on hand will be Kai Pickett, who creates unique sculptures in brass jewelry.
There will also be a 10 percent discount on all of the items already for sale at the Boarding House.
Welsh said much of what’s available in the Boarding House could best be described as collectibles and unique gifts. They have everything from a jar of marbles to a $600 painting, she said.
“There are over 300 pieces of artwork all over the house,’’ she said. “There are two rooms upstairs, two rooms downstairs, a breezeway and a hallway.’’
She said there are many small items as well as ceramics.
As for the wine-tasting, Welsh plans to offer 16 wines. “It’s not a large selection and not an expensive one,’’ she said. “It’s going to be what we’re serving now. I may embellish it slightly.’’
Choices include house wine Canyon Road, along with Barefoot, Turning Leaf, Alice White and Apothic Red.
Welsh will offer three tastings for $5. Each tasting comes with celery sticks and crackers as palate cleansers. Once patrons decide which wine to buy, the wines will be available by the glass, the threeglass carafe or the bottle while they last.
Appetizers will also be for sale, including puff pastry and wraparound munchies.
As of June 19, Welsh said she already has 15 people who’ve made reservations. The house can only accommodate 25 people inside at a time, but there are outside areas on the deck and patio if too many people show up at one time. People can request an arrival time, and Welsh said it would be greatly appreciated if they arrive when expected.
Anyone interested in making reservations can go to the Boarding House Facebook page or the website, www.boardinghousetreasures.com.
Since the event is being held on the weekend, Welsh said plenty of parking should be available on the streets near the Boarding House.
For reservations or other information, call 910-491-7777. Welsh can also be reached at 910-527-7455.