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I was born and raised here, and today was the first time I ever visited Miss Laura's. I was very impressed. I love the history of Fort Smith and its culture. I also saw a piece of history at Miss Laura's that made me feel closer to my mother. You see, my mother moved to Fort Smith from Plainview, Arkansas, at the age of eighteen after she finished school, and she worked in the Tea Room at the Boston Store. She had talked about her time there, but today the paper bag with the Boston Store logo on it has brought it to reality. She met my dad there while he was on leave. They married two weeks later and settled here in Fort Smith.

Teresa Maxwell
Fort Smith, AR