Meridian eatery Miss Tami’s to close this month

Miss Tami’s, a Meridian business for more than 26 years, will close its doors at the end of the day July 25.

Owner Tami Shoemaker says she will reinvent the restaurant, tea room and gift shop in a scaled-down capacity. “We plan to continue catering, special orders, open house/bazaars, (and) select product for purchase through our upcoming new web site and pick up/to-go orders,” she posted on the Miss Tami’s Facebook page.

The store started putting items on sale in late spring in an effort to reduce inventory.

Along with her husband, Shoemaker bought the home at 1031 N. Main St. in 1989. They moved their family into half and opened Miss Tami’s in the other. After the gift shop expanded to include a restaurant, they moved out. After closing this month, the Shoemakers will move back into the Miss Tami’s space, Shoemaker says — hence, the need to downsize.

Miss Tami’s customers — some basically are like family — still will be part of her future. “This is not goodbye, just a new chapter in my tea book of life,” Shoemaker wrote on Facebook.

The majority of the menu always has been Miss Tami’s original recipes, and you’ll still be able to order her most popular sandwich to go: “Yes, you can still get your Monte Cristo fix!” she promised.