Carytown shop taking tea parties up a notch

The Tottering Teacup sells tea and baked goods from its storefront at 3222 W. Cary St. (Mike Platania)

The Tottering Teacup sells tea and baked goods from its storefront at 3222 W. Cary St. (Mike Platania)

There’s a new brewing business in Carytown, and it’s not making beer or coffee.

The Tottering Teacup, which serves dozens of types of tea, opened at 3222 W. Cary St. last week.

The colorful, 1,500-square-foot shop sells 44 teas, as well as small pastries and cakes. Owner Anatash Werne said she also carries Rostov’s coffee, and plans to bake “anything that goes well with tea.”

“I’m excited about our petite fours. I describe them as small, fancy cake squares,” Werne said.

Anatash Werne

Anatash Werne

Werne said she’s self-funding the business, and leased the space with the help of Tyson Beane of CBRE. The storefront previously was occupied by Salon del Sol, which still has about six locations around the region.

A graduate of JMU, Werne said it’s her first time as a business owner. While studying English, she said she routinely baked for friends, and felt like she could do it full time.

“I would host what were basically tea parties,” Werne joked.

Werne gets her tea blends from a distributor, but wants to do her own blends soon.

A few blocks east, another coffee shop of sorts is on its way to Carytown.

The former Secco Wine Bar is set to become a Capital One Café – the financial giant’s bank branch/coffee shop hybrid.

Capital One spokesperson Stacy Jones said the site is expected to open this winter. The bank opened its first local Capital One Café in Short Pump Town Center at the beginning of 2017.

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Margaret Thompson
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Excited to check this out – I love, love, love tea!

elaine dempsey
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I am very excited about this new tea shop and bakery. What a perfect location for meeting people from all over the city and surrounded by the quaint beauty of Carytown. Congratulations to the owner and the community!

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