A Carytown storefront is swapping Bibles for bubble tea.
Boba Tea and Snow Ice House recently signed a lease at 3431 W. Cary St., with plans to open in early September. The shop, which will be take-out only, will feature a menu of bubble teas, smoothies and ice desserts.
The storefront was formerly occupied by a Christian Science Reading Room.
At the helm of the new shop is franchisee Malyka Keo, who previously owned Vietnamese restaurant Pho So 1 in Henrico County.
Keo, whose shop will be the chain’s third location, hopes to capitalize on foot traffic in Carytown.
“We were looking for a public market. That type of thing where people are walking on the street,” he said.
Keo plans to put $20,000 into renovating the roughly 1,200-square-foot space. He expects to open the shop with two employees.
Boba Tea and Snow Ice House’s two other locations are in Massachusetts.
Bubble tea, or boba, is a Taiwanese milk tea characterized by balls of tapioca or other toppings.
Also in the neighborhood, a medical cannabis dispensary is taking shape in the former Need Supply Co. space. A Harrisonburg bag-and-accessories store plans to open a local outpost in the former Ruth & Ollie storefront.