B-TOWN BIZ: Phoenix Tea Shop Opening Soon In Olde Burien

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A new business – Phoenix Tea Shop – will be opening soon in Olde Burien, in the space formerly occupied by the ‘You’ve Been Worn’ consignment shop at 902 SW 152nd Street.

The folks behind the new biz include Virginia Wright, and Brett Boynton, local tea aficionados.

“We will be a tea retail shop, not a tea house or cafe-like space,” said Wright via email. “We will have at least one table where people can drink tea in the shop, and we’ll do tastings and sampling with people to help them learn about teas and find what they like.”

They’re aiming to open by the end of this month, and are currently doing some modifications – primarily painting and installing fixtures.

“Our primary goal is to create a comfortable, wonderful store where people can come in, learn, explore, and drink tea with us to discover the teas they really love,” Wright added.

Wright adds on her blog:

A little over a year ago I started a tea company called Phoenix Tea Shop. I worked on sourcing good teas and products during the subsequent months (along with branding and building the websites), and managed to find a lot of great connections and opportunities.

But I never really wanted to tackle this project single-handedly. I wanted someone to work with me to build the business and help define what it would grow into.

A little over a month ago I saw a glimmer of an opportunity when Brett Boynton of Black Dragon Tea Bar announced that after nearly a decade as manager of The Teacup, he was unemployed. So I approached him with the idea of partnering with me in the tea business. We met, we plotted, we schemed – and now I am very pleased to announce that Brett is co-owner of Phoenix Tea.

Here are some pics of the space:

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6 Responses to “B-TOWN BIZ: Phoenix Tea Shop Opening Soon In Olde Burien”
  1. lisa b. says:

    Hi Brett, looking forward to checking out your shop. Welcome to b-town!

  2. wheels says:

    That phoenix looks like a turkey with delusions of grandeur.

  3. Loren says:

    Isn’t there another new “tea shop” down 152nd by the Seahurst Post Office?
    Are we really that tea crazy around here? Or are there really good margins in the “tea shop” business?

    • “Cascadia Herb’n Tea” is a very lovely herbalist and tea shop, but it is a different type of a business than ours will be. The existence of two ostensibly similar retail establishments does not require a single gram of “tea craziness.” Our entry into the local business community is built on our pre-existing connections within the wider world community of tea people both online and in person, not out of the desire to start a Burien business and pulling “tea” out of a hat. It also has nothing to do with margins – the tea business is built on knowledge, experience, and personal connections, not just marketing trends. Our successes online and at the annual Northwest Tea Festival support our decision to expand into a physical retail presence, and we are getting a very enthusiastic response from the large number of tea people we know throughout the greater Seattle area.

      Our decision to open in Burien specifically is a result of my engagement in the local community as a long-time resident, and we are confident that we will find people interested in patronizing our business, from within our city and outside of our city.

  4. Rob says:

    I have been waiting patiently for you to open a physical shop! One customer coming in!

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