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Love in a non-heart-shaped Box

Valentine's in a Box

Pop quiz:
What day is coming up soon when you should let that special someone know just how you feel and express your affection and appreciation?

Ummm.... the correct answer is "tomorrow" and the day after that and the day after that and the day after that. Trick question.

However, since the calendar specifically designates a particular day for these expressions and we know people will be coming into the store looking for the right vehicles for that expression on that day, we wanted to let you know that we are prepared - not as on-the-nose as a heart-shaped box and not as lewd as Samberg/Timberlake's other thing in a box but a box nonetheless!

Remember, it's not so much about the stuff as it's about the experience and this box is all about experiences and sensations:

  • Sprucewood Fresh raspberry Shortbread Cookies
  • Pukka LOVE tea (organic rose, chamomile & lavender)
  • Really Great Goods, lavender & lime epsom salts
  • Fenwick Organic Coconut wax candle, Lavender & Eucalyptus
  • Laura Slack Raspberry Ganache Valentine Dark Chocolate Bar
  • all wrapped in a white Flour Sack Tea Towel

All for $49.95

Of course, you'll find all kinds of Valentine-themed choices around the store - from cards to chocolates to adorable gifts - but this right here is love in a box, Prêt à Aimer!

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January Sale Series 4: Tea Leaves

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The final addition to our January sale roster (alongside Meredith's Ruby Ginger, NowDesigns Retro-ware and enviro-friendly water bottles) comes as a much needed respite to a busy, cold and perhaps over indulgent start to the year.

Tea is a very personal choice. We have some customers who drive in from Thornhill a couple of times a year to stock up on just one specific blend from Kusmi and we have some customers who regularly pile on multiple Pukka blends for different moods and moments. Whether you're looking for relaxation, fortification or invigoration, ultimately what you're seeking is an expert balancing of flavours, aromas and effects that address multiple senses.

Tealeaves of Vancouver - from their exquisite blends to their gorgeous packaging to their distinctive pyramid sachets - have truly embraced the full range of sensations in the execution of the Art of Tea. White, black, oolong, organic and green teas combined with flavours both traditional and exotic could be just the break you need at this time of year. And they're now 20% off!

 

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Last Minute?

Kusmi Tsarevna

You can spot the tell-tale signs almost immediately from behind the counter: those who finished their Christmas shopping days or even weeks ago and who are perhaps picking up some hosting items or additional stocking stuffers, those who are methodically going through the list and those who are just beginning. We've seen all three types over the last few days and will for the next couple as well (our full holiday hours are listed below).

Whether you're looking for something very special for a tea aficionado, a super-elegant hostess gift or a teacher gift on this last day before the holidays begin, consider the special edition gold-tin Kusmi Tsarevna Christmas blend tea.

Kusmi was founded the same year as the Confederation of Canada 150 years ago in St. Petersburg by Pavel Michailovitch Kousmichoff - a poor delivery boy who learned the blending arts at the hand of a master tea blender and rose to create one of the world's great tea merchants. The family fled the Russian Revolution and centred the brand in Paris in 1917.

Cinnamon, cardamom, orange peel, anise, ginger and liquorice are all notes in this black tea symphony and the tin is big and bright enough to be of use to your own little drummer boy or girl probably by next Christmas!

Holiday Hours

We're open 10:00am to 8:00pm today and tomorrow, the 22nd and 23rd.
December 24th, 10:00am to 4:00pm
December 25th & 26th we are closed
(Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day everyone!)

December 27th we're open 10:00am to 7:00pm
December 28th we're open noon until 6:00pm.

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Christmas to a T

Christmas to a T

We wanted to point you to a couple of new items in our already well-stocked tea section on the north-east wall. Joining the excellent selections from Pukka, Kusmi and House of Tea is a new range of exquisite blends of white, black, oolong, organic and green teas from a Vancouver company simply called Tealeaves. Go for a Lavender Earl Grey or Monsoon Chai or a sampler of flavours - all in truly beautiful packaging.

If you're a loose leaf brewer, you might also like to try the smart, fun and functional new floating tea-ball system from AdHoc. You'll find them on the shelf among the teas.

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Refined Refreshment

Refined Refreshment

Tea connoisseurs city-wide will be glad to know our depleted shelves of Kusmi teas from Paris has been restocked. Packed among the returning favourites we found something new that's tickled our summer fancy. 

AquaRosa is a blend of apple, red berries, blackberries and hibiscus that makes for an invigorating hot tea but an exceptionally refreshing iced-tea as well, especially here in these dog days of summer. Plus, it's caffeine free.

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