When making my yearly trip to the NC mountains this past weekend (Boone, to be exact, home of my alma mater Appalachian), I visited the new shop Yosefa AntiquiTEA.
Loved it. Just loved it. It's decorated in Moroccan style, with draping curtains, cushioned seats on the floor by large golden low tables, intricately styled regular chairs, and comfy-looking lounging sofas. The idea is that you can order a teapot and sit around sipping tea.Two of my friends and I ordered two "tea for two"s (a single teapot has about 3 servings' worth of tea, as we discovered, so it's good for up to three if you've got less time). We then sat around for a couple of hours sipping tea and chatting.
Yep. That's what you're supposed to do.
You can also buy the teas to take home (I recommend the Mandarin Silk and the Halo, yum!) or blend your own at the blending bar. One of my friends did a white peony base with rosehips, lavender, calendula, and marigold petals. Quite lovely. And they have delicious-looking pastries, if you like something sweet with your tea.
I would love one of these shops in my hometown. Please?