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Jacqueline's Closes, New Oilstop, Starbucks On The Way

The largest private tearoom in the country has shuttered

Jacqueline's Closes, New Oilstop, Starbucks On The Way Jacqueline's Closes, New Oilstop, Starbucks On The Way Jacqueline's Closes, New Oilstop, Starbucks On The Way


Wondering what the heck is being built on Lakeville Highway near to the In-n-Out?

It’s a new Oilstop, a drive through oil change and carwash, part of a regional chain owned by Petaluma resident Larry Dahl.

The project is being timed to coincide with the opening of the Petaluma Target, scheduled for this August.

The Lakeville Oilstop marks a homecoming of sorts, since the very first Oilstop opened in Petaluma in 1984, on East Washington Street. Since then the company has expanded to 18 cities in four states, including Oregon, Arizona and New Mexico.

Another new business springing up is a Starbucks, the sixth in Petaluma. The coffeshop will be located oon East Washington Street near Lakeville, although no other tenants have been finalized.

And as new businesses appear, others must close. This week Patch learned that Jacqueline’s High Tea on Western Avenue has shuttered. The tearoom opened in 2006 and was known for its sumptuous tea parties that were a delight to both young and old. (The scones and hat collection were pretty stellar, too.)

Owner Frank Cates said he, along with wife Jacqueline, reached the decision to close due to health reasons and to spend more time with family. Their last day was January 20.

“We have a granddaughter who is turning one this year and we’ve only seen her several times,” Cates said. (The girl lives in Southern California.)

Cates stressed that the tearoom “did not go out of business” because of poor sales.

“We were well received,” he said. “We loved the kids, we saw engagements, we saw marriages all take place there and had customers who had been with us since start.”

Jacqueline's was considered the largest privately owned tearoom in the country, according to Cates, and could seat nearly 100 people at any given time.

Do you have a question about an incoming or outgoing business? Drop Editor Karina Ioffee a line at karina@patch.com

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