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February 25, 2011

Souvia is 5 years old!

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 9:52 am


It is hard to believe, but it has been five years since Souvia opened its doors and introduced the customers all over the valley to their first cup of premium loose leaf tea! What fantastic, exhausting, inspiring and incredible 5 years these years have been.

When we first opened, nobody knew what Souvia was and we struggled to convince people that there was more to tea than big hats, cucumber sandwiches and doiles. Our tea tastings and classes educating customers on the history, production and culture of tea became very popular and turned many  tea drinkers away from Lipton and on to a good cup of Lapsang Souchong, or Tung Ting Oolong.

Our customers are family and they have helped us weather the storm of choppy economic times. We have seen tea-stores come and close their doors again after a short time – but our loyal customers have supported us as we have tried to ease their minds with a nice cup of tea, a quiet and welcoming place where old friendships were nurtured and new friendships were formed.

Now it is time to celebrate our success together! From MARCH 1 – MARCH 5, we are celebrating  and hope all of you can stop in so we can say thank you for your friendship and support. Of course we have a few specials planned as well:

  • First 5 customers mentioning our anniversary every day get a pot of tea free
  • Every customer who mentions the newsletter get $5.00 taken off their purchase
  • Every customer spending $25.00 or more gets entered into a drawing for a $50.00 gift card
  • Every day, we’ll draw one name from our loyalty program members for a special prize!
  • The 5000th person to sign up for our loyalty program receives a $50.00 gift card

So don’t forget to come in and celebrate with us the last five years of Souvia and the many more that are yet to come!

Kerstin and Bret

February 22, 2011

Love in Bloom

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 11:34 am


It certainly is the month where love is in bloom and even though Valentine’s Day is behind us, I wanted to share this fabulous tea blend with you. Charlotte, a long time Souvia fan came up with this light and floral blend that will have your hearts beat faster despite the fact that it is caffeine-free:

Take equal parts of lavender, chamomile and rose buds and blend it well.

For a 6 oz cup, use 1 tsp of this herbal blend and infuse it with boiling water (210F) for 5-8 minutes. According to Charlotte, the tea has a honey color in the cup and deep floral aroma – with the lavender domineering the other two herbals. She recommends this tea with a little sugar but suggests to refrain from adding milk since it taints the floral notes.

I think that “Love in Bloom” is the perfect name for this melange of flowers!

February 18, 2011

All Wrapped Up in Souvia Tea…..

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:37 am

was one of our wonderful customers when she came into the store trying to find a gift for a friend in Canada.  Not only did Alex, one of our tea consultants find  just the right teas  for Eloise, she arranged it elegantly in a nice gift box which we shipped directly to Canada, saving Eloise that trip to the post office!  She was so happy with the gift and service she received, that Eloise devoted a whole page to gift shopping at Souvia on her blog !

Next time you need to find something special for a friend or family member, don’t forget to stop in at Souvia. You choose -we wrap and ship!