A Teavana location opened up inside the UTC mall last week. We had seen the store sign shortly after UTC mall debuted its remodel, but it’s taken quite some time to finally open.
We have never been to the other locations, but Mr. K was really interested in checking it out because he really loves tea.
The store sells a wide variety of gourmet loose leaf teas, prepared tea drinks, and all sorts of tea related equipment from teapots to tea thermoses.
We sampled a few brewed teas while inside the store and ended up buying a few gifts for friends. There is a large wall lined with canisters of tea flavors.
One thing that really bothered us, was how hard the employees were trying to make a sell. Upon entering, we were assigned an employee who showed us around. We then politely told her we were really just passing by and browsing and weren’t in the market to buy anything specific. But she continued to stick with us and follow us around. Finally, we decided we would bring home a little bit of loose leaf tea to brew at home. We were turned over to another employee and we told her we just wanted a little to sample at home and weren’t comfortable making a big purchase with teas we haven’t yet tried. We asked for the minimum amount (2 oz). The employee conveniently did not hear us and scooped out about 1 lb of tea which we then had to ask her to put back to get down to 2 oz. Given that the majority of teas cost more than $10/oz, one pound versus 2 ounces is a huge difference.
We also decided to order a cold tea to go. I like that it gives you a chance to sample a whole cup without committing to buying the loose leaf tea, but the wait was quite long since they have to brew each individual cup.
Overall, I liked the concept of the place, but I found most of it to be a bit overpriced. Unless I’m throwing a fancy tea party, I can’t really see myself spending so much on tea.