I enjoy having a local tea place, even if not every blend is to my taste. I enjoy that they have herbs and spices as well as teaware, but I really dislike that the teas are stored in plastic bags inside of essentially shoeboxes. I have no idea what kind of turnover they have, but I imagine over time this storage could be problematic. That being said, they have good variety, and the price is right.
I had a lovely time visiting this shop today, though I did not stay and have tea in the tea room portion. They had a pretty vast selection, though flavored teas dominated, and some were rather unique. They had little vials out for sniffing, and the ladies working were patient and regularly (but not too often)asked if I needed any help while I sniffed almost every one. I bought a few teas but was sure to take a card, so I can order anything I want to repurchase online, as the prices were very reasonable. I highly recommend it.
I just got back from a spontaneous visit here – I love that it is open all day, and that there are more teas on the menu than food. Mostly blacks, with lots of flavored and unflavored options. I had rose black tea that was the best rose tea I have had so far, and one of my companions had vanilla and was also extremely impressed. Once I am off my tea no-buy, I foresee buying loose tea from this place.
As it is now, I can’t often justify going out for tea when I have MORE than enough at home, but if I want to go out for a hot drink with friends I would absolutely come here again, or anytime I just needed to get away for a little while and relax in a different space than my living room.
For reference, my small pot of tea had 6 teacup servings, which I estimate to be between 18-24oz (I forgot to ask, and I am a horrible judge in size), and I paid 4.50.