As a native San Franciscan, Amy Dean’s childhood was filled with countless tea parties held in the eucalyptus groves of the Presidio. She still has the photos of herself and her school friends - wicker basket and all - to prove it.
Amy attended university in Europe, eventually settling in London, England where, after graduation, she attended a graduate course at Christie’s Auction House. The course led to a job with a mad antique textile dealer, but she was quickly stolen away from that job (by Ralph Lauren himself) to become the Creative Services Manager for the Ralph Lauren stores in the UK. Five years later Amy made the switch to the entertainment world as a prop buyer and set dresser for feature films, commercials, and pop videos (with some still photography styling to boot).
In 2001, having made the leap across the pond to San Francisco a few years earlier, Amy and Christopher opened La Place du Soleil, a small Anglo and French antique store in Russian Hill. Over the seven years that the store was in business, it gained a loyal following that bordered on the maniacal. Amy and Christopher loved running the boutique, only closing it when they realized that it was time to move on to their next dream: owning and operating an English-style tea room that reflects their unique esthetic and celebrates their love of tea
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