Four generations of local women banded together to create a unique shop in January 2007 at which friends and families could gather for special or everyday celebrations. It contained a home decor area, floral design department and dining room. Also specializing in offering "tea parties," Imogene's was a different type of shopping experience in Chesterfield Valley. Over the past few months, Imogene's staff has been remodeling the building located at 16962 Manchester Rd. in Wildwood so they can relocate westward.
Imogene's is due to reopen in Wildwood by June 4. The shop used to be located at 16635 Old Chesterfield Rd.
Following a lifelong passion, Clarice Wheeler with the help of her daughter, Donna Murphy, formulated a plan to open Imogene's. The name "Imogene's" is Clarice's mother's name. Her granddaughter Ashley, a college student, helps out part-time.
A "girlie food" menu was created—no hamburgers or french fries, as Imogene's website points out. Instead, they provided options such as spicy tomato soup, salads, sandwiches and wraps and quiche. Special desserts are offered with a variety of tea selections.
Imogene's team likes to host bridal and baby showers, birthdays, business meetings and even tea parties with "manners classes" for young girls. Wine, cheese and appetizer parties are available for private evening gatherings.
Imogene's designers go to customers' homes to help them select furnishings, or to apply function, color, design and budget. They can work with empty spaces, or just help refresh the overall look of rooms with new accessories.
Floral custom designs for mantles, book shelves or table tops also are available at Imogene's.
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