The Shoppes at Rivertown; A Dream in Deland, FL

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The Shoppes at Rivertown in Deland, FL

I briefly hit on Deland in my recent post about Volusia County towns.  Deland a small town located just about equidistant between Orlando and Daytona Beach.  Part of Deland’s charm is that it’s downtown/main street area has no chains and only local shops and restaurants.  One such establishment is The Shoppes at Rivertown.  The Shoppes at Rivertown is part antique store, part wine bar (specializing in Florida tropical wines), and part tea room.  How is that much awesomeness located in one place?  If I didn’t have photographic evidence, I would swear I dreamed this place up.  Seriously, all of my favorite things rolled into one building?!

The Shoppes at Rivertown in Deland, FL

The antique portion of The Shoppes at Rivertown has been around for a while, but the tea room is a relatively new addition, open less than a year,  and what really sets this place apart.  I wandered in on a Saturday afternoon just in time for afternoon tea!  And what better way to kick off afternoon tea than with a bottle of champagne?

The Shoppes at Rivertown in Deland, FL

It seemed fitting, especially with the live piano music.  I mean, it’s never too early for champagne right?

The tea room portion of The Shoppes at Rivertown is located in the back of the antique store, but utilizes very similar design.  The tables are all different shapes and sizes and the room is full of vintage furniture and antiques.  It feels like having tea at your grandmothers house, except with better music and more wine (or is that just my grandmother?).

The Shoppes at Rivertown in Deland, FL

The Shoppes at Rivertown in Deland, FL

The tea room offers a menu of sandwiches and light refreshments, but of course I had to get the afternoon tea.  I love a good tea service and this one was world class.

The Shoppes at Rivertown in Deland, FL

I just love afternoon tea so much.  I’ve always loved tea, and when you combine that with a three tier tray of scones and tiny sandwiches it’s just heavenly.  I think it appeases my order envy.  I’m terrible at deciding on one thing on a menu, and I always regret my order.  I’m happiest when I can have a sampler of tiny versions of all the menu items.  How great is this?

The Shoppes at Rivertown in Deland, FL

Of course it wouldn’t be tea without scones.  The scones at The Shoppes at Rivertown are house made fresh and served with orange marmalade and clotted cream.

The Shoppes at Rivertown- antiques, tea, and wine in Deland, FL

The middle tier of course has finger sandwiches, and that’s the real star of the show.  There are four different types of sandwiches on the tray.  I’m sure they are subject to some variance, but while I was there there was a turkey on croissant, chicken salad, cream cheese on a sweet cranberry bread and my personal favorite, open faced cucumber sandwiches!

The Shoppes at Rivertown- antiques, tea, and wine in Deland, FL

It’s hard to top the sandwich tier, but the dessert plate does just that… literally.  (See what I did there?)  For real though, the sandwiches were still my favorite.  I could eat finger sandwiches all day.

The Shoppes at Rivertown- antiques, tea, and wine in Deland, FL

The dessert plate is full of various pastries and fresh fruits.  I had some lemon poppy seed bread, brownies, tartlettes, and fresh grapes.  A perfect way to end a great meal.  Of course, all of this comes with a bottomless pot of tea.

And when you’re done with a wonderful meal and/or glass of wine you can browse the 40+ antique dealers booths!  Now that’s a perfect afternoon!

20 thoughts on “The Shoppes at Rivertown; A Dream in Deland, FL

  1. Kim

    This is so fun! Will have to check it out sometime. Thanks for letting us know about this unique find in Deland 🙂
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  2. Anywhere that offers a wine bar….count me in!!!

  3. I like little shops like that. I love to walk around and just check everything out.
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  4. What a brilliant idea, antiques with afternoon tea! Looks like you had a great time!
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  5. Aren’t little random shops like this THE BEST?! I am all about the weird and offbeat! We need to join forces sometime soon! 🙂 Thanks for the tip!
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  6. My mum loves antique shops and your post is right up her alley! She loves these kinds of things. Thanks for the tip!
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  7. Oh my…this sounds awesome! Starting with Champagne and ending with Tea…perfect afternoon. Next time, I’m coming with you.
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  8. I love that there’s a wine bar and tea room in the antique store. That sounds like just the place for me.
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  9. High tea looks like fun. I love having high tea.

    Also I am now mad at you. You mentioned Florida tropical wines. I really want some Kiwi wine now. I miss it.
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    • Mags

      I’ve never tried the kiwi! I always go for key lime! I guess now I’ll have to go back!

  10. Oh wow! this seems like a great place to visit. Since I am based in Florida too, I will have to put this on my list of places to go!
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    • Mags

      You should for sure! I went to Deland on a press trip, otherwise I’ve lived here for 10 years and never thought to go. I had no idea it had so many hidden gems.

  11. Mia

    Oh my gosh, I love this! I love High Tea and this place is adorable. If I ever find myself in this part of Florida, I am definitely going to check it out. I love antique shops as well so this is right up my alley!

    • Mags

      It’s just the perfect combo! It’s maybe worth a trip to Florida in itself. I really don’t know why they don’t have these everywhere!

  12. I would have adored walking through the antique store–for hours!
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    • Mags

      …and it’s no accident that they get you full of wine before looking at all of the pretty things!

  13. I’m in Orlando every other year, this could be a unique day trip!

  14. Nope, never too early for champagne! What a cute place! What were the prices like?
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    • Mags

      Very reasonable. I don’t remember exactly, but I know the three tier afternoon tea trey was under $20 and the wine was around $5 a glass or $20 a bottle.

  15. I love a formal afternoon tea too and don’t partake often enough. Will have to wrangle a girlfriend along for the experience (and surprise her with the champagne.) So fun.
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