Winter selections are retiring soon and customers are encouraged to select one of the new retail teas for the spring and summer season.
"Although my staff and I have selected most of the upcoming spring/summer selections, we would like the community to vote on the final offering," said Kimberly Orlic, founder of A New Leaf. "The tea (or herbal tisane) receiving the most votes by March 1 will become one of our ten new loose teas."
Although winter teas are "retiring," Orlic said they will still be available both in-store and online until her supply runs out. Tea, stored properly, can last for some time, some from six months to two years, according to Orlic.
Customers are asked to choose one of the following:
- Rooibos Chai (a caffeine-fee chai)
- Endurance (a caffeine-free selection aimed at recovery of the body during a workout)
- Lychee Peach (black flavored tea)
- Gen Mai Cha ("poor man's tea," with popped rice kernels)
Orlic said though the results teeter back and forth, as of this moment, Lychee Peach has pulled ahead. "Our upcoming offerings highlight summer flavors, such as piña colada, peach, pear and strawberry, but you'll have to wait until the official unveiling in March!" she said.
The seasonal teas will be offered in bulk at a discount in mid-March through A New Leaf's online store. Orders can be shipped throughout the continental U.S. or, to save on shipping, can be picked up in the store.
"We have some exciting things coming in the warmer months, including lemonade and our variation on the Arnold Palmer (iced tea with lemonade). Probably most exciting will be our dried fruit, spice and herb station, at which we will blend our customers' selections of fruits and herbs with plain black, green or rooibos tea leaves," Orlic said. "Giving customers the ability to pair fruits, spices and herbs with tea will go a long way in helping differentiate ourselves in the community."
A New Leaf is located at 152 Seventh Street. The emporium opened for business in September 2012 and boasts an abundant array of more than 45 varieties of fine black, oolong, and green loose-leaf teas as well as rooibos (roy-boss), fruit and herb infusions. A Garden City blend featuring pineapple, rose hip and hibiscus petals is also available.
Vote here through March 1.