This week’s Thirsty Thursday takes AY About You to Abbi’s Teas & Things on 2622 Kavanaugh Blvd!
While Abbi’s Teas & Things is currently closed, you can find owner and founder Abbi Siler out front running her tea stand on Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, weather permitting.
“The tea shop has always been a dream of mine. I used to live in the corporate marketing world, but I’ve always loved tea,” Siler says. “I’d write for tea companies as a side hustle. Sometimes I wrote tea descriptions, and it was just a fun hobby of mine. Those tea companies often paid me in tea.”
At the moment, Siler serves loose leaf tea packages online and at her stand. You can find cookies, drinks and other tea accessories at her stand. Once the pandemic is over, she hopes to transition back to her retail area, dining room, party room and book exchange.
Siler sources all of her tea ingredients, and hand blends all of her tea at the tea shop. The online store showcases a sample of her wide variety of tea blends and tea accessories. She notes that she’ll be including fall blends soon, and retiring some of the summer blends.
The top three most popular drinks at Abbi’s Teas & Things are cherry fig, turmeric sunrise and watermelon rose.
The cherry fig is a black tea that is good both iced and hot. The turmeric sunrise is an herbal tea, blended with fruits such as apples and oranges. It is particularly good for inflammation. The watermelon rose is a seasonal iced tea, but its incredible popularity during the three months on the menu makes it one of the top sellers at the end of the year.
Siler, however, is a tea traditionalist. She tends to stray away from fruity flavored teas. “What you’ll find in my cup is sencha, or a Japanese blend. Basil mint is my favorite iced tea, with an earthy texture.”