The new tea shop The Scented Leaf is open in the spot formerly occupied by Red Velvet Cupcakery at 943 E. University Blvd., Suite 165, near the corner of Park and University.
The place is owned by the people who ran the nearby Scented Leaf Fine Tea and Fragrances, which they closed earlier this year to undertake this new venture. Their former business was all about perfume and tea. This new place is more of a tea house that serves high-quality tea both by the cup and in bulk.
From The Scented Leaf Facebook page:
While enjoying a casual sightseeing walk we were drawn to a small shop by a wonderful aroma. We were unaware at the time that the assortment of bushels on display were filled with loose tea.
The shop owner explained how tea begins in this loose form, but through commercialization, it ends up being finely chopped and mangled into tiny leaves, often called 'fannings' or tea dust. This fanning is what most of us know to be the tea that we consume. Sadly, this process destroys many of the essential oils that make tea a healthy, subtle, tasty drink.
We became passionate about sharing loose tea - tea with great tastes and nutrients - the way tea was meant to be enjoyed.
There's a small selection of croissants, pies and soups available right now, but when college is back in session the owners plan to add a bunch of baked pasta, sandwiches and other items to the menu.
Call 624-2930 for more information.