The tea shop in Richmond, B.C., is popular with tea drinkers but has faced growing competition from the likes of Kona Coffee, which also has its own coffee shop and has recently opened a new store in Vancouver.
The Republic of Teavana Tea Co., which opened in Richmond in 2010, has been a favorite for tea lovers for decades, with tea sold on a regular basis at many popular restaurants and on the menus of many major restaurants.
But with a handful of new stores opening in recent years, many tea drinkers are questioning the value of the tea they buy at the shops.
The shops have become a popular spot for coffee drinkers to grab a cup of coffee.
“I’m really excited about the future of coffee, it’s just a huge trend, and I think there’s a lot of opportunity for us,” said Tara Pfeffer, a coffee enthusiast who visits the shop about every two weeks.
“We’re really excited to see how the market is going.”
At the Republic, the cup is sold for $1.25 for a medium cup of brewed tea.
The tea itself costs $3.50.
But when the owner, Paul Riebe, started working at the shop in 2012, it wasn’t just coffee lovers who liked the tea.
“It’s really exciting,” said Riebek.
“I was the first person to introduce it to people, and it’s become quite popular with people.
It’s not just coffee drinkers, it has a very big following.”
The coffee shop has opened in a couple of other major cities in recent months, including a new one in Victoria.
Rieber hopes to open the first Richmond store next year.
While the store’s popularity has been steadily growing, the business is struggling financially.
Riesber said he was forced to sell the tea shop when his parents were forced to take a job as police officers in the United States.
He said he has been struggling to find other jobs since then, but said the shop will eventually reopen.
As tea is a major draw for tea drinkers, the shop has also become a magnet for a lot more tourists.
It has become a very popular tourist destination for a number of reasons, said Riesbek, who said he thinks the tea is “pretty important to a lot” of visitors to the city.
The shop is also a source of income for the owner.
Ria, a former military police officer, said he and his wife make about $60,000 a year as sales assistants at the store.
He said he’s grateful to be able to keep the shop open and has enjoyed working there, but it has taken a toll on his finances.
Riebe said he hopes the new Richmond location will help the tea company expand.
Tea is a big part of what keeps people coming back to the shop, he said.
This is a small shop and it doesn’t have a lot to offer the city, but I think it has helped it grow,” he said of the Richmond store.