Nearly all of the American Tea Rooms or Tea Houses were owned by women. Sometimes they even opened rooms in their homes or set up tables in their gardens. The popularity of tea rooms began to spread through different levels of societal classes. Since women ran them from all walks of life, tea rooms took on various styles. Some tea rooms were patronized by people in high society, others catered to artists, and some served people looking for a light lunch in the middle of a workday. With prohibition in full force, people often looked for other ways of amusement. It's uncertain if people were searching for an effect similar to alcohol and believed caffeine could be a replacement or if it was a new way of enjoying food and a variety of nonalcoholic beverages. The American tearoom didn't feature hot tea and baked goods like the British; they offered food like iced tea and chicken salad.
Today, you can still visit The Wenham Tea House and Exchange. When it first opened in 1912, women would not only provide food and tea; they would also sell handiwork, jams, and jellies. Tea rooms are still open across the United States, but their popularity tapered off over time. In the era of easy access to tea bags, faster food, and food service health codes, tea rooms would become less and less popular. Nevertheless, you can still visit a tearoom and enjoy a wide variety of food, tea, and other beverages, much like it was in the 1920s.