Art and tea connoisseurs now have a new shop to visit — the Tiny Tea Shop, located at 301 E. Fifth St., Washington.
The shop, which is more of a boutique/art gallery, features all organic teas grown in the United States, including a selection of three green teas, three black teas and four herbal teas, each with its own unique qualities, said owner Katharine Walter, of Washington.
Walter is growing a small batch of estate tea, which she hopes will be ready next year. All tea (black and green) comes from the same type of plant, she explained. The variations are in how its processed.
Walter has traveled to China and India to learn about tea-making.
“The reason we’re opening with other teas (for purchase) is to find out what Washington wants,” she said. “We will carry what our neighbors want.”
Tea is in unbleached bags or food-grade tins. Teapots, cups, strainers, presses, infusers and other items also are for sale.
Cold tea is available, with a special “Lemontini.” The zero-calorie drink features black tea steeped with marjoram, peppermint, lemon balm, lemon grass and chocolate mint.
Walter encourages people to stop by and visit and have a cold glass of tea.
“If it’s not your cup of tea today, it might be tomorrow,” she said.
Walter purchased the Fifth Street building in about 2005. It has housed a car lot and The Pot Shop in the past.
The shop also features a small gallery with oil paintings, watercolor and acrylic paintings. Jewelry, handmade by Walter, miniatures (dollhouse items), hand-painted purses and cards, handmade soaps and other items also are available.
Walter, an artist herself for the past 25 years, said she went to her friends when she knew it was time to open a gallery.
Oil paintings are by Brenda T. Acrylic paintings are by Sharon Roach and watercolors are by Elizabeth Fritz. Photographs are by Cherie Lyn. All three live in Missouri.
“My goal is to put out the best art and create lovely tea,” said Walter, who specializes in creating dollhouses (miniatures) and beaded jewelry, some pieces with more than 1,000 beads each.
She has been doing specialty shows all over the United States for 25 years.
Items will change on a weekly basis., she said.
“The Tiny Art Show” will open Monday, July 14, with an artist dessert reception from 6 to 9 p.m. The public is invited.
Walter said she plans to host exhibits and contests to inspire other artists. She also is open to featuring works by other artists, who may stop in with their portfolio.
The Tiny Tea Shop is online at tinyteashop.com.
Store hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.