New tea shop’s name: Eli and Alan Teas for All Tastes

Spice Merchant owner Bob Boewe

Hello all. I’m back, and I’ve missed you. My vacation included the consumption of two bloody rare steaks, a top-rate homemade pot roast and the development of a new addiction to unsweetened iced coffee with extra cream.

I returned to news that Spice Merchant owner Bob Boewe has chosen a name for the new tea shop he’s putting together in the space next door that once housed a delicious deli: Eli and Alan Teas for all Tastes. Eli, Boewe said, was his father’s middle name, and Alan is his own. He thought the name had an upscale feel to it, and a sign company is working on a sign that he’ll post on the building. It features a giant letter T, and Boewe says it’s a classic/classy looking sign — the type he wishes downtown had more of.

While he waits for it to be finished, he’s preparing to paint and install carpeting in the space. He’s planning to move all tea and tea-related merchandise to the new shop and will serve it by the cup along with pastries from neighboring businesses such as Monica’s Bundt Cake Company. He’s looking at a late August opening date.

The shop’s hours will be the same as the Spice Merchant’s: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. I’ll let you know when a firm opening date is chosen.