The Lemon Fair

Frequently Asked Questions


Who or what is the Sewanee Angel?

There is a long standing tradition of touching the roof of your car when entering and leaving the Sewanee domain though the gates. When leaving town, you touch the roof to send your angel up to protect you while you're gone. Upon return, you touch the roof to release your angel, who doesn't need to protect you once you're here.

There is no specific Sewanee angel. Everyone gets their own personal angel.

What is the Sewanee angel legend?

In the 80's, Gay Alvarez, founder of The Lemon Fair, researched the origins of the Sewanee angel tradition. All she could find was that people remember it from the early 50s, but when even university historians, Arthur Ben and Betty Nick Chitty didn't know, she asked the creative people around her to come up with a story. Rob Keele SAS'85 was in town working construction for the summer and came up with the prose. Christi Teasley SAS'84 was working at The Lemon Fair and did the artwork. The Sewanee angel legend was born.  

What are the store hours?

We are open Monday - Saturday, 11:00 - 5:00 central time, and often earlier

What is the address of the store?

60 University Ave., Sewanee, TN 37375

How do I learn about New Items & Specials?

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram! We're always posting pictures of new merchandise and fun events in the store and around town. Subscribe at the bottom of this page for occasional emails. 

What if I want to know a price without shipping included?

Call the store, 931-598-5248, 11 - 5, Mon. - Sat. CST or send us an email. We're happy to give you any information you like - including texting you pictures!

I saw something in the store and wish I bought it. Will you ship?

We'll be delighted to! Give us a call. 931-598-5248. We are 2 doors down from the post office and visit them most every day!

Do you gift wrap?

We love making packages pretty and your gift special - big or small! Gift wrapping in the store has been complimentary since we opened our doors in 1972.  

There may be additional charges on shipped gift-wrapped items depending on exterior packaging size.

Are you related to Stephen Alvarez?

Yes, he is my brother. We carry post cards of some of his early photographs.

How long has the family been in Sewanee/what's our Sewanee story?

Our family moved to Sewanee in 1964. My father, Laurence Alvarez C'59, came back intending to work for the University for "a couple of years", worked in the administration and taught mathematics for 40 years. My aunt, Gnann Alvarez Moser, was the the first woman to graduate. My brother Stephen C'84, and I both moved back and raised our families here. My daughter recently married a Sewanee grad and my nephew currently attends the college.