Goldthread Herbal Apothecary in Florence, Massachusetts
4/5
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A neat little place where you can buy loose leaf teas among many other (herbal) things.

Teavana (Holyoke Mall) in Holyoke, Massachusetts
3/5
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3/5
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IMHO, this place is over priced. When I heard there was a tea shop opening nearby I was so excited that I applied to work there (was never hired though). When I first went there they were blasting trendy music so loud that it was a little annoying. I wanted to buy a cup of tea- but was disappointed to find out that they mainly just sell tea for steeping at home, the girl there said that they would sell me a cup but it’s “very expensive and we recommend that you just buy some to make yourself”… so I bought a $7 cup of monkey picked oolong (it didn’t say so, but it was a tie guan yin), good quality but not worth what I was charged. They also sell over priced teaware.

Bliny Crepes Tea House in West Springfield, Massachusetts
5/5
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5/5
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Despite the run down outward appearance, the inside was extremely clean, very modern and trendy, with low black leather couches and tables, booths and regular tables, LCD TV’s, a wet bar (Very trendy place!). The waitress was very friendly- although I don’t think she spoke English, which would explain why she was a bit shy.

We received two menus, one with 100 varieties of tea (mighty leaf bagged teas, and good quality loose leaf teas) and one menu of crepes (with all sorts of toppings and fillings from whipped cream cheese and fruit to meats and veggies).

My friend got glass brewed longjing and I got the da hong pao. I ordered a small crepe and to my surprise when they brought it out, there were two small “crepes” no bigger than your thumb!… I was a little disappointed… until she brought out my actual crepes, these were just some pastries to hold us over until the food got there whew… the crepes were awesome, the tea was awesome, the (inside) of the building was awesome!

I couldn’t be more happy to have found this little hidden gem, I will def. be returning with my friends.

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