Low Arts Tea Haven, a "contemporary tea bar," is opening this weekend at Avenue Carriage Crossing. On Friday, there will be an open house, from 6-9 p.m. It will open for regular business hours starting Saturday, 10 a.m.
Owners Maureen and John Fogel first got into tea for health reasons, then fell in love with tea for its lore, history, and traditions.
Low Arts Tea Haven will offer some 60 loose-leaf teas. They will have rare yellow teas and rooibos from South Africa. They will have a selection of Master Teas, and one tea that contains ground coffee beans. The baked treats skew healthy and include Martha's Family Favorites.
According to Maureen, even though Low Arts is a "tea bar," it's not quite accurate to describe it as like a coffeebar with tea.
"Coffee is more go go go. Tea is about pausing and taking a moment," she says.
But neither is the spot "formal or frilly."
Part of the Fogels' vision for Low Arts is that of a a creative salon where there will be drawing classes and classes on publishing. Paintings and sculpture will be on display. (Currently on the walls are abstracts by Marty Parker.)
So is there anything to drink at Low Arts Tea Haven other than tea? One or two things, says Maureen, otherwise, "not really."
She notes that the teas they serve cover a wide stretch of flavors to suit all tastes and points to Low Arts' "Mocktails," as an example. There are chilled, fruity drinks that include the Green Tea Mojito and Tea-Quila Sangria.
"We want to show there are options other than hot brewed tea," she says.
Low Arts Tea Haven, 4630 Merchants Park Circle at Carriage Crossing (854-4677).