New Directions

by Christopher

To our faithful followers and tea lovers, note that we will sunset our "brick and mortar" shop on August 26th, though we will carry the proverbial torch (a.k.a., tea pot) onward and upward through our online and wholesale operations. This kind of decision is never easy, of course. Here's a little of the back story . . .

As you might imagine, we rely on strong winter sales to carry us through the traditionally slower months of summer. Unfortunately, with a building heavily under construction nearly all winter, unexpected equipment failures and landlord-related expenses this spring, and the rapidly rising cost of doing business in Seattle, we are forced to shift our focus online (www.modernsteep.com) and to our wonderful wholesale clients.

In addition to the circumstances above, we've seen a trend toward online sales over the past couple of years. Plain and simple, it's a different world. Toward that end, we upgraded our website this year and will continue to make it user friendly and dynamic as we look forward to serving you here. Of course, we'll absolutely miss the friendly faces we have grown to love seeing at our shop.

On the up side, we're happy to say that you can easily order our wonderful, organic and healthful teas online 24/7 - without the worry of traffic and parking on the hill!

We promise to keep up our diligence in sourcing great teas and we'll continue to blog about our happenings, new items and more on our website.

Thanks again for your love and support. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you as we move forward, albeit outside of the physical shop on Capitol Hill.

From now through August 26th, the shop will be open 11am - 6pm, Monday through Saturday. We hope to see you for a cup of tea, a smile and a hug.

Peace, love and tea.