Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Tease me, if you want to.   I'm a HUGE caffeine craver who goes in for mugs the size of soup bowls and starts each morning with a pot of extra dark coffee. Believe it or not, although I need my coffee fix, I adore tea.   I've got upwards of a dozen kinds in my kitchen at a time, and there's nothing better than a hot cup of tea for fall and winter by the fireplace.  That's why I'm stoked to hear about DAVIDsTEA award winning tea shops coming to Chicago starting October 13th.   They put my dozen flavors to shame with over 150 tea types!

Inspired, modern tea shop brings fun tea approach to Chicago locations.

As the crisp autumn temperatures fill the air, a new “hot spot” will give Chicagoans a delicious new way to warm up. Chicago will soon be home to a contemporary tea shop, with more than 150 varieties, including several never-before-seen flavors.

PLUS they have a KIDS’ COLLECTION perfect for children or any child at heart.

Canadian loose leaf tea retailer DAVIDsTEA  offers teas sold loose by the ounce and to-go by the cup (hot or iced), in a friendly environment, by well-informed, passionate staff. The company, which last year opened two successful locations in New York City and this month is opening locations in San Francisco, continues its growth with plans to open stores in Chicago this fall.

DAVIDsTEA will open stores in Chicago beginning with the inaugural at 1645 N. Damen (in Bucktown) October 13th, followed by openings at 3530 North Southport, and 922 West Armitage.   We'll be checking 'em out in Bucktown and we'll have a full review shortly.

This unique tea establishment will be a new destination for Chicago’s food, drink, health, and wellness lovers. Says DAVIDsTEA CEO, Jevin Eagle, “Chicago is one of the nation’s best cities for food and drink, so naturally we are thrilled to introduce our unique approach to tea to the Chicago area.”   

DAVIDsTEA co-founder David Segal who personally selected the locations, adds “Since the creation of the company, becoming a part of the fabric of a community is of utmost importance to us. We wanted to come to Chicago because of the city’s strong support of culture and pride in the neighborhoods”.

Before even entering the store, customers are greeted by the welcoming and engaging staff and offered a free tea sample. Inside, the atmosphere is airy, modern and colorful. Behind the counter is the tea wall, a vibrant display of color-coded canisters that house the company’s massive tea collection, including white, green, oolong, black, pu’erh, yerba maté, rooibos, and herbal blends. Store visitors are encouraged to smell the different teas from the specifically designed tins before making their selections.

Since its first shop opened in 2008 on Toronto’s Queen Street, DAVIDsTEA has developed an enthusiastic following, growing to more than 75 shops across Canada. In 2011, the two Manhattan shops – on gourmet Bleecker Street and on the fashionable Upper East Side – brought this unique take on tea to the U.S.'s attention, with NBC's Today Show hailing “teas that take a twist on traditional” and Food & Wine giving a shout-out to DAVIDsTEA’s North African Mint, flavored with fennel and black pepper, as “1 of 50 ways to get stronger, smarter and healthier.”

DAVIDsTEA is known for its exclusive signature blends, like Read My Lips, a black tea with chocolate, vanilla, mint and red candy lips, and Goji Pop, a bright red fruit infusion packed with goji berries.   Customers can look for blends with exotic, non-traqditional tea ingredients like mulberry leaves, hot chilies, pomegranate seeds, kombucha powder and caramel pieces, and cheeky names like Kiwi’s Big Adventure (*I'm doin' the big shoe dance already just thinkin' about it...tequila!) and Simply the Zest. 

DAVIDsTEA also carries a wide selection of premium traditional estate teas, like wood-fired Sencha Ashikubo and Nepal Black, a DAVIDsTEA exclusive. And for a true feel-good cup, all proceeds of the Haitian-inspired KANPE Tea (a blend of hibiscus, mango, cinnamon, papaya, banana, coconut and stevia) go towards the KANPE organization, dedicated to long-term relief in Haiti.

In-store shelves display a wide assortment of gifts, tea samplers and accessories designed in-house. With limited- edition seasonal collections and a new tea introduced every month, DAVIDsTEA keeps the experience fresh and
exciting. Among popular items introduced by the company: the Perfect Mug, a sleek tea-mug fitted with a fine, stainless steel infuser and handy lid, to keep tea perfectly steeped and comfortably hot. From organic agave to a state-of-the-art steeper and insulated travel mugs, DAVIDsTEA’s accessories allow quaffers to enjoy their favorite blends at home, at work, and on-the-go. Colors, designs and materials are updated seasonally.
DAVIDsTEA’s loose leaf teas and tea accessories are also available online at www.davidstea.com. Shipping to any U.S. address is set at a flat fixed rate of $5 for orders under $50. For orders over $50, shipping is free.

Great tea, friendly stores and above-and-beyond customer service. It seemed like a simple idea, but young entrepreneur David Segal and his cousin, retail pioneer Herschel Segal, couldn’t find anyone else that was doing it. So they decided to take matters into their own hands. Today DAVIDsTEA has over 75 stores across Canada and the US, and they don’t plan on stopping any time soon. 

You can choose from over 150 types of tea, including exclusive blends, limited edition seasonal collections, traditional straight teas and exotic infusions from around the world. With colourful, modern packaging, sleek in-house designed tea accessories and friendly, welcoming attitude, DAVIDsTEA offers a tea experience that is fun, fresh and unintimidating. To keep up with the latest products and offers, follow them at facebook.com/davidstea or twitter.com/davidstea.

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