There are a lot of SpecialTeas fans out there.
Some bad news for those fans.
Wait, the post title already gave it away. Shoot.
Yep, Teavana will be absorbing SpecialTeas in the begininng of 2011. So say goodbye while there is still time.
Side note... did you even know that Teavana and SpecialTeas were related in the first place? Yes, indeed. SpecialTeas supplies Teavana with tea and makes a few exclusive blends for them. (Actually, there is a deeper business relationship than that, you know... same owners.)
For the most part, you can get the same. exact. tea. at both places, only you'll pay up to twice as much at one of the vendors. Gee, I wonder which one that would be.
Hopefully Teavana won't screw the pooch and kill the great selection offered by SpecialTeas.
Awww hell, who am I kidding?
Teavana will probably take every tea offered by SpecialTeas, mix it with a million flavor components, and add a pinch of white tea... for your health. Duh.
My source? The internet.
But really, from Silk Road Teas' Facebook page on November 11 at 6:52pm:
Special Teas, a highly regarded tea company and Web seller, will fold into its parent company, Teavana, and soon cease operating as we know it. Since the 1990s, when ST began it business, Silk Road Teas has been a supplier of its competition-grade and unusual green, Oolong, black and white teas. Those of you who came to enjoy ST's offerings will find many of them on our site, available for your enjoyment!