B-TOWN BIZ: After a decade in business, Burien’s Phoenix Tea Shop closing end of December


Phoenix Tea Store declared a short while ago that – immediately after a decade in business – they will be brewing their past kettle and closing the doorways of their Burien shop at the stop of December.

Operator Virginia Wright reported that earnings has been reduced so a great deal by the COVID-19 pandemic that the small business has develop into unsustainable.

“Not remaining able to do tastings or educate men and women correctly about tea – with real tea – has been tough,” she stated. “And like so numerous other corporations dependent on intercontinental trade, we have been impacted by devastating and disheartening disruptions in our offer chains.”

The store will stay open as a result of the end of December, and will be open up for holiday tea profits. In mid-December they will be supplying some of their furnishings and personal assortment tea wares for sale.

They will also be shutting down on the net product sales, since they will not have any location to retailer stock. “We will be carrying out some specific little tea events in the foreseeable future, once individuals kinds of functions are safe to do,” Wright mentioned.

Phoenix Tea was started off in 2010 as an on the web-only tea service provider by Virginia Wright, who is regarded additional normally as “Cinnabar” inside of the tea local community. In creating the business, she was determined to use what she experienced figured out about tea in the previous several a long time to convey great teas, tea wares, and other tea-relevant goods to tea aficionados.

In July of 2011, Brett Boynton joined Phoenix Tea after several decades doing work at The Tea Cup in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, and Phoenix Tea, LLC was fashioned. In December of 2011 Phoenix Tea opened a retail store in the two-block Olde Burien location, enabling the corporation to provide the instructional and tea-drinking desires of local and visiting prospects, as nicely as continuing to present fantastic and uncommon teas and tea wares on-line to shoppers all over the United States and over and above.

From 2011 to 2015 Phoenix Tea was below the co-administration of Cinnabar and Boynton. At the end of 2015, Boynton resolved to retire from the tea market, and Phoenix Tea, LLC is now underneath unique possession by Cinnabar.

In July of 2016, soon after the constructing housing the charming and little retail place that experienced served as household to Phoenix Tea for five a long time went on the marketplace, and the business enterprise relocated a handful of blocks east to the coronary heart of downtown Burien. The enterprise is now in a additional roomy spot with bigger visibility, throughout the street from the King County Library and Farmer’s marketplace, and surrounded by a range of other fantastic regional enterprises.

“I have seriously enjoyed the past ten years jogging a business in Burien, and I appreciate all of the fantastic associations with consumers that I have cultivated through that time,” Wright stated. “My passion for sharing tea society and educating men and women about tea is what led me to start out the business enterprise. When that enthusiasm has not waned, it has not been feasible to working experience tea with people today fully and safely throughout the pandemic, and it is not probably that is likely to transform for some time into the potential. The financial fact that led me to the inescapable determination to close Phoenix Tea is that income has not recovered to pre-pandemic concentrations, and the numbers are only not sustainable. I will skip being a component of this group as a small business owner, but I continue to be actively concerned in a lot of other vivid features of lifestyle in Burien.”

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Phoenix Tea Store is positioned at 447 SW 152nd Road in Burien:


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