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Get Your Zen On at Tranquilitea Temple

August 8, 2017

Chill out and cool off at West Chester’s newest business.

Tranquilitea Temple opened up shop in June on Church Street, about five blocks from your Chestnut Square apartment. The full-service tea shop transports visitors from the bustling streets of West Chester’s downtown district into the peace and tranquility of China’s traditional tea houses.

At least, that’s the goal of owner Tracy Wang Stuligross.

Stuligross is bringing to the venture the lessons she learned growing up in China, watching her grandmother make tea in her kitchen. Tranquilitea offers a range of tea products, served hot, cold or as milk bubble tea. The teas use loose leaves, and include green, herbal, black, blends and more.

Stuligross sources her teas from around the world — so don’t expect a taste like you get from the store-brand packaged teas!

While Chinese tea is known for its flavor, it is also meant to encourage rest and relaxation.

The front portion of the shop features a section of low seating, with bamboo tables and chairs as well as cushions, arranged before floor-to-ceiling windows through which visitors can watch the foot traffic on Church Street. Guests are welcomed to lounge with the tea or take it to go, and can also grab some pastries and sweets. Those interested in Chinese culture will love the shelves of items like zen gardens, Chinese tea sets, statues and more, all of which are for sale.

Tranquilitea is already making its name known in West Chester. To celebrate its opening earlier this summer, Stuligross offered a free drink to all new customers and has also hosted two tea tasting sessions, with free samples of Tranquilitea’s teas and snacks.

Stuligross is already planning specials to coincide with downtown West Chester events and Chinese traditions like Chinese New Year’s.

Welcome to the neighborhood, Tranquilitea!

 

Tranquilitea Temple

127 N. Church St.

West Chester, PA 19380

610-265-2016