May 16, 2011
Tea Time? Several New Businesses Sprout Up Starting Tea Trend
FeliciTeas, 202 S. Moon Ave. in Brandon. 759-3030; www.myfeliciteas.com
By Sharon Still
FeliciTeas owner Alicia Wood wants area residents to stop by her new store and “Enjoy a cup of happiness.”
Wood’s new store offers 48 blends of tea on-site with access to many more, plus tea accessories from teapots and cups to tea infusers and pre-packaged foods such as gourmet cookies and biscotti.
“There is so much to learn and enjoy about tea I thought a store would help me to introduce tea to the community on a more personal level,” she adds.
FeliciTeas offers all sizes of custom gift baskets filled with items for the tea lover and also visits local businesses for tea samplings.
FeliciTeas is located at 202 S. Moon Ave. inside Phase Five Crossfit Revolution. Store hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit www.myfeliciteas.com or call 759-3030 for more details.
Tabitha’s Tea, 2052 Badlands Dr. in Brandon. 438-8901; www.tabithastea.com
Tabitha’s Tea, which opened in mid-May, offering formal afternoon tea, events and parties, gourmet take out sandwiches, soups, salads, quiches and a gift shop with china, tea and accoutrements.
Their 2,000-sq.-ft. tea room is located at 2052 Badlands Dr. in Brandon, in the same plaza as Rolling Pin.
The three owners decided to open shop in Brandon because it is their home and community. Prices for formal teas range from $8-$21, with takeout costing between $2-$10.
Tabitha’s Tea is open Tuesday-Sunday, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., but it is also available after hours for private parties and events.
For more information, please visit www.tabithastea.com, call 438-8901or ‘like’ Tabitha’s Tea on Facebook.
These two new tea treats are in addition to the greater Brandon area’s other tea rooms, all of which rank in the top 10 tea rooms in Florida.
Victorian Grace, 161 N. Parsons Ave. in Brandon. 653-2662.
Victorian Grace is the No. 1 tea room listed on www.teamap.com, the online destination for finding a tea room. It is located at 161 N. Parsons Ave. in Brandon. For more information, please call 653-2662 or visit www.victorian-gracetearoom.com.
Simply Country Gifts Tearoom, 2215 Thonotosassa Rd. Plant City. 754-5683.
Simply Country Gifts & Southern Belles Tearoom is located at 2214 Thonotosassa Rd. in Plant City. It is ranked as the No. 2 tea room in all of Florida. For more information or to book a tea time, please call 754-5683.
The Tea Cup Tea Room, 1107 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. Brandon. 654-6543; www.theteacuptearoom.com
The Tea Cup Tea Room is ranked as the No. 4 tea room in all of Florida and is located at 1107 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon and is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, please call 654-6543 or visit www.theteacuptearoom.com.
Camilla Rose, 120 N. Collins St. Plant City. 659-8281; www.cammelliarose.com.
Last but not least, Camilla Rose, located at 120 N. Collins St. in Plant City’s historic district, is rated as No. 8. It is known for its events, which range from murder mystery teas to Father’s Day teas. For more information, please call 659-TCUP (8281) or visit www.camelliarose.com.