Tucked away in Charlotte, North Carolina, Urbana Tea Lounge is a gold mine! The owner, Nancy Urbana, is the mastermind behind this jewel. This spa/tea lounge is a one-of-a-kind in the United States and if I had some money I would open one up in a heartbeat.
Spa/Lounge? Yes, let me explain. The front end of Urbana is a warm cozy lounge and bar with an impeccable selection of loose leaf teas. There you have two areas to sit and enjoy tea. There are cozy lounge chairs (top photo) or you can sit at the bar. It has the atmosphere of a private lounge of sorts, but here you cannot find an ounce of alcohol. Instead, you can enjoy a cup of tea, and the list of premium loose leaf teas is staggering.
It's the perfect after work place or lunch spot to meet a friend, relax, have a great conversation and enjoy a wonderful cup of tea. I personally think, if I lived in Charlotte, it would be my spot to get renewed and forget the craziness of life. If only for a little while. But what was so wonderful here is that you can also have a specialty massage. Yes, I said massage. The spa area is wonderful. And each massage begins and ends with relaxing tea service. And yes, I had a massage and I promise you, it was just what I needed!
My hosts, Kyara and Melissa from Johnson C. Smith University, and I had an absolute ball! Great tea, great atmosphere, and great treats. They also have the cutest little teapots and tea specialty items. In fact, the blue one in my RLT Collection pictures came from there. It was a nice addition to my teapot collection. And if I can pull my coins together, I'm gonna order this little copper cast iron jewel, Peace, but Serenity is cute too. Shoot, the bottom line, their teapots are too cute! I was in heaven educating Kyara and Melissa on tea and exploring the selection of tea and tea specialty items.
Let me tell you, you can always tell the freshness of a tea if the aroma hits you in the face when you open the tin and it jumps up your nostrils. I think I smelled almost every tea in Urbana and I was not disappointed one time.
Chamomile/Lavender is the bomb! I've drank it before bed almost every night since I came home. I have one cup left. *sigh*
In the coming weeks I will be reviewing them for you. I know you're saying, but ummm Rae, they are in Charlotte. Don't fret, one of the most exciting things about Urbana is that everyone can enjoy their teas even if you don't live in Charlotte. They have an online store for their entire tea selection. Not only are the teas fresh, but I think they have some of the best prices around for premium loose teas. And I love the fact that Urbana Tea is owned by a woman entrepreneur who was willing to take a chance on such a wonderful concept!
You cannot go wrong with Urbana Tea! Stay tuned as I review their teas!!
Post Script: But in the meantime, Urbana and I are giving you a chance to win one of their most popular teas, Almond Cookies. Yep! This green tea blend smells and tastes just like Almond Cookies. I am pairing a RLT Collection Tea Bracelet with an 8 oz. package of this particular tea. Just a little something to say thank you for being on this tea journey with me.
To Enter the Raffle You Must:
1. Like Urbana Facebook Page;
2. Follow Urbana on Twitter;
3. And make a comment about this blog.
BTW: I know you know that you should be following me on Twitter and Facebook. Good Luck! The winner will be announced on April 12th.