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Near Southside Book and Tea Shop to open Sept. 1

Leaves Book and Tea Shop will open to the public on Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Dickson-Jenkins Lofts and Plaza, 120 St. Louis Ave., Suite 101, in the Near Southside.

The business officially launched in 2017, and owners Tina and Todd Howard have been building their family business through pop-ups and demonstrations for the past 17 months, the business said in a news release.

The couple used construction delays to their advantage by refining their vision, building relationships, learning from other nearby entrepreneurs and developing products like Leaves sparkling tea, on tap at local brewery HopFusion Ale Works for nearly a year.

Leaves will serve individually-crafted hot and iced teas made from loose leaf teas, as well as tea flights, sparkling tea and tea lattes.

The news release said the shop will also offer a highly curated selection of books that are focused on content that provokes thought and discussion. The shop will be WIFI-free, encouraging guests to disconnect, catch their breath, reflect, discover and be present.

“The culture of both tea and books calls for people to slow down and be present, which completely aligns with our vision,” Tina Howard, owner of Leaves, said in the release. “We hope Leaves will be a space where community will gather and people will pause from life’s hectic pace.”

Leaves will serve more than 40 varieties of hot and iced tea, including black, green, herbal, oolong and chai. Bulk loose-leaf tea will also be available for sale.

Initial hours of operation will be Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

– FWBP Staff

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