T(ea) Gallery closing its Admiral location

West Seattle’s sole tea-only shop is shutting down – 2 months after opening a downtown location, T(ea) Gallery proprietor Tracy Shafer is going to focus on that store. Here’s the announcement she just sent out:

To my friends, neighbors, supporters…

I want to let you know the T(ea) Gallery’s Admiral location will be closing as of the end of January, 2008. The past 2 years have been wonderful. I’ve gotten to know so many of my neighbors and have made some wonderful friends. The location has always been “challenged” for this type of business, but it was truly a labor of love for me and a wonderful learning experience. I hope to re-open a West Seattle shop sometime in the not too distant future, but there are some circumstances that warrant closure at this time.

I plan to offer delivery service to my West Seattle customers and I’m in the middle of working out the logistics on that. Please keep an eye on my website for details …

The T(ea) Gallery’s downtown location (at 5th & Columbia) is doing well due in large part to all of you!!! Spring will bring some wonderful events and I hope you can visit soon.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for all of your support.

The website Tracy mentions is here, and includes a blog page where she talks more about the shutdown decision here.

4 Replies to "T(ea) Gallery closing its Admiral location"

  • Sue December 26, 2007 (7:30 pm)

    Admittedly I rarely go to Admiral as the parking there is less than ideal, but I have never seen nor heard of this tea gallery before – I would have loved to have patronized them. I hope that if she does open another WS location that they’ll definitely work on advertising it so we know it’s there!

  • The Velvet Bulldog December 26, 2007 (8:17 pm)

    Sounds like a place I would have liked to have checked out. I can’t tell where they were, and it says she was on the second floor? Methinks she shoulda been a WSB Sponsor.

  • miws December 26, 2007 (9:11 pm)

    They were located on California, across from Hiawatha Park, third building in from Lander St. on the north


  • AsianBradPitt December 27, 2007 (6:19 pm)

    Wow. I didn’t even know that West Seattle had a tea only store. How poor their marketing efforts must have been. I am a dedicated tea drinker, that has been forced to head to Teavana for my specialty tea!

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