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TeaZone in Somerville closing?

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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. :(

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      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?

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      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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