Tea Room Coffee and Tea Box has plans to open its first shop in Virginia, and owner, Tanya Tatum, is excited about the location.
“We’re excited to be opening in Virginia,” she told the Daily Mail.
“It’s just so convenient for me and my family.”
The coffee shop is located in a vacant building on the first floor of the Coffee House, which has been vacant since last October.
“I’ve been looking for a place to live for about 10 years, but it was just so close to where I lived and worked, so it was kind of hard to find,” she said.
“I just couldn’t do that in New York, it was too far away.”
The building, located at 1416 N. Main St., has been empty for the past two years.
The coffee shop, which is a partnership between Tea Room and Tea House Coffee Roasters, will feature a large display of tea, which customers can purchase for $2.50.
“We wanted to do something new for Virginia, something new to offer people that had not experienced it before,” Tatum said.
Tea Room will have a menu featuring the traditional blends, including a cup of Black Tea, a smoothie, and a latte.
“People are going to want to try everything we offer,” Tamiya said.
The store will also offer tea accessories like watercolors and teabags, along with tea bags, and she said she hopes customers will purchase their own tea for their own use.
Tea Rooms co-owner Tanya Tomaselli, a former local newspaper reporter, also wants to serve her community.
“Virginia has a lot of wonderful people, especially when it comes to tea, and it is really a big part of the state of Virginia,” Tomasello told the Washington Post.
“The fact that we have a shop is a huge positive.”
Tatum, who has lived in the area for over 20 years, said the shop has been a way to stay connected with Virginia, but the focus of the project has been to open the coffee shop in her hometown.
“It’s been a great opportunity to do that for my family and the community,” she added.
“Our focus is on the tea room and tea accessories, but we want to offer tea for people in Virginia.”
Tamiya, who was born in Virginia but moved to New York to study journalism, is planning to have her first coffee with tea at a later date.