We’d like to welcome our latest Advertiser to The B-Town Blog – Phoenix Tea , located at 902 SW 152nd Street, in the space formerly occupied by a consignment shop.
As we do with all our Advertisers, we’re providing a forum for the good folks from Phoenix Tea to share their message with our Readers:
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After more than a year as an online tea retailer Phoenix Tea opened its shop in Olde Burien at the beginning of December in the space formerly occupied by “You’ve Been Worn.” The business specializes in excellent quality loose leaf teas and functional, attractive tea ware and accessories. There are currently over 50 teas available, primarily from ethically grown and processed origins in China, Japan, Taiwan, and Kenya. The list is constantly expanding, partly in response to the types of teas that local customers are looking to buy. Free tastings are available any time the store is open, currently Thursday through Sunday, and they also sell cups of tea to go. In addition to selling tea and the devices needed for its preparation, the company also provides focussed tea tasting events and classes in tea and tea culture.
Both of the owners are well known and respected within the local and broader communities of tea aficionados. One of the two co-owners, Virginia Wright (aka “Cinnabar”), is a long-time Burien resident and holds a strong commitment to the economic and cultural development of the city. She felt that Burien was the perfect location for a retail tea shop like Phoenix Tea. She has been active in the online tea community for more than six years, through her blog Gongfu Girl , and as Co-Director of the Association of Tea Bloggers , which is a 100+ member international consortium of people who write about tea online.
Prior to the launch of Phoenix Tea, the shop’s other co-owner, Brett Boynton, spent nearly ten years as Manager of The Teacup in Queen Anne, building relationships with devoted customers and spreading information about tea and tea culture. He has traveled to Taiwan five times in his pursuit of high quality tea and tea culture experiences, many of which are documented on his blog Black Dragon Tea Bar . Some of the relationships that Brett formed during his trips to tea farms and purveyors are reflected in Phoenix Tea’s selection of Taiwanese oolongs, which the company sources directly from Taiwan.
Phoenix Tea welcomes customers of all types and levels of interest to stop by the store, from people curious about what the tea world is about, to passionate and well-seasoned tea drinkers. More detail on the company and its owners can be found on the Phoenix Tea website .