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TeaZone in Somerville closing?

mightywombat Feb 20, 2011 09:38 AM

I looooove TeaZone. I haven't found better tea for the price anywhere. And the owner is a peach. But walking by last night I saw a big "for lease" sign in the window! The shelves still looked stocked, though. I tried to check out their website but it's down. This is terrible! Does anyone have any info? How can I continue as a tea snob on a grad school budget if I lose my supplier?

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  1. barleywino RE: mightywombat Feb 20, 2011 10:48 AM

    Order the "20 cups of tea" assortment from Remedy teas in seattle

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      mightywombat RE: barleywino Feb 20, 2011 02:00 PM

      They appear to be at least twice as expensive (3x in some cases) as Tea Zone. :(

      Tea Zone
      15 A Elm St, Somerville, MA

    2. enhF94 RE: mightywombat Feb 20, 2011 11:07 AM

      How sad. I like the owner and thought it was so cool that he was starting his own business. I guess I'm not surprised, though; when I first visited, his Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearl was so fresh - but the last couple of times I bought, it was near flavorless, and I assumed business was slow and that his product was degrading with time.

      Not for tight budgets, but I'll probably move to Upton Tea Imports. Unless others have different suggestions?

      Upton Tea Imports
      34 Hayden Rowe St, Hopkinton, MA

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        PinchOfSalt RE: enhF94 Feb 20, 2011 01:15 PM

        I really like Upton and wish there were a brick and mortar shop in the area that offered the range and quality that Upton sells. In Pursuit of Tea has a much smaller range of tea, all top notch, but definitely pricier. I used to order from SpecialTeas, but they were just bought by Teavana, so that source is gone as far as I am concerned.

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        btd81 RE: mightywombat Feb 22, 2011 10:23 AM

        I saw the same sign yesterday, but went inside and it was business as usual, although the selection was a little more meager than before. I asked the owner, who said they're closing (including the website), probably by the end of March. Picked up a couple of bags while I still can...sad to see it go.

        1. Bob Dobalina RE: mightywombat Feb 22, 2011 10:29 AM

          Not for nothing, but I am honestly surprised it lasted this long. A really tough concept in a really tough location.

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