Everyone loves sales. Who doesn’t love a money-saving opportunity? But sometimes, even the all-mighty sale is met with a little bit of sadness. This past weekend I found out to my dismay that my favourite tea shop in the city, Steeped & Infused, was holding a gigantic, blow-out sale because they were packing up shop in Leslieville and moving. Where to? We’re not sure yet. But for those of you who love tea and want to take advantage of a million more “pinkies up!” at half price, Steeped & Infused will still be around at Queen East and Hastings Ave. until September 23rd so mark your calendar, jot it down on a sticky note, do whatever you have to do to remember it so you don’t miss out!
I know for a fact that I’ll be coming back one more time before they move because while it would be the fantastical thing ever if they stayed in downtown Toronto, who knows, the shop might end up in Missausauga. And if it does, I will cry. So I’m crossing my fingers that wherever the new location will be, it’ll still be accessible. Because I love this tea shop and refuse to entertain the thought of not having some of my favourite tea flavours in my life.
This past weekend, I almost had myself a heart attack when I saw their bright red “Moving Sale! 50% Off!” sign in their front window. Partly because I was ecstatic to buy copious amounts of tea at a discounted rate, but also because I almost mistook the sign as an honest-to-goodnss closing as opposed to a move, but thankfully I calmed down long enough to realize it wasn’t actually dooms day. Because if I hadn’t, I think I would have have made quite the spectacle out of myself.
I took some photos of the tea shop and cafe for old times sake to both memorialize a wonderful space that has given me some of the yummiest teas and to show off the shop as a renovated cafe (remember when it was sans the tables, chairs, and treats and instead filled with giftware and tea sets?) with beautiful colours and artwork adorning its walls. All the loose leaf teas are 50% off and because they’re selling out so quickly from the sale, if they no longer have the flavour you want in stock, it’ll most likely come in a future shipment before the shop packs up and moves. If I remember correctly, I was told that their next shipment would be this Wednesday, so definitely plan a trip to the cfae this coming long weekend to snatch some stuff up.
My favourite sample baggies are also on sale for a ridiculous $1 each! I could gush on and on and on about these sample baggies. While their coconut almond rooibos is my true blue favourite, I love trying multiple flavours and the sample baggies allow me (and everyone else) to have SO much fun trying different teas and switching things up based on what my tastebuds feel like. Let me tell you, I was on cloud nine as I splurged on my tea shopping spree. I picked up 5 different loose leaf tea baggies and I can’t wait to drink to my heart’s content! My bladder won’t be too amused about the non-stop tea parties, but my tastebuds sure will!
I picked up a baggie of my favourite coconut almond rooibos, green and white pear cream green tea (this one is also amazing!), green and white mango green tea, Canadian blueberry rooibos, and a strawberry kiwi fruit tisane which smells so heavenly good you want to eat the tea mixture straight out of the tin. 5 teas, $5! In addition, they have some great tea infused chocolate in 3 or 4 tasty flavours and because I just couldn’t pass it up, I picked up a square of milk Belgian chocolate infused with passionfruit green tea and a square of white Belgian chocolate infused with matcha!
If you haven’t paid a visit to Steeped & Infused before, I urge you to do it before they move and if you’re a current fan like me, take advantage and go one last time. I’ll keep everyone updated when I know any more information about where their new location will be, but don’t hesitate to dig for a little info yourself. They’ll be posting updates on their Twitter @steepedinfused and let’s hope that they stay within sipping distance!
Steeped & Infused is located at 1258 Queen Street East in Leslieville, at the corner of Queen Street East and Hastings Ave. The shop and cafe will continue to operate at this location until September 23, 2012 at which time they will be move (new location TBD). They also have a mini location inside a store called Adornments on Queen at 338 Queen Street East. They are open 6 days a week from 11am-7pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 11am-6pm on Fridays, 10:30am-6pm on Saturdays, and 11:30am-5pm on Sundays. The shop is closed on Mondays. You can visit their website here and follow them on Twitter @steepedinfused.