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What’s in Store: Dragonfly Tea Company

Thursday, December 5th, 2013 | Posted by
Holly Hunt welcomes customers from the counter of Dragonfly Tea Company. (Photo: Ann Carranza)

Holly Hunt welcomes customers from the counter of Dragonfly Tea Company. (Photo: Ann Carranza)

Tucked away in a quiet shopping center at the corner of North and Center streets is one of Healdsburg’s newest “best kept secrets.” Dragonfly Tea Company offers a plenitude of teas: herbal, green and black, with names like Blueberry Crème Brulee, Fortune Cookie and Maui Sunrise.

Aztec Chocolate Truffle is a “unique black tea with deep dark chocolate chips, cinnamon, orange peel, candied glitter and gold and a touch of mole spice;” Wine and Roses is a black tea with “fresh natural pear flavor with hints of berry, grape, caramel, vanilla bean and Russian River Rose Company rose petals.” They all sound yummy.

“We offer 185 teas,” said owner Holly Hunt, who bills herself as the “Chief Leaf.” The 56-year-old woman has always loved tea, and when her job in corporate retail was downsized about six years ago, she decided to follow her passion and opened a teashop in Phoenix, where she lived at the time.

But her eldest son, Ryan, 31, lived in Santa Rosa, along with his wife and sons, so she decided to pack up her other two sons, Robbie, 21 and Keven, 16, to come back to Sonoma County to be near her two, soon-to-be three, grandsons.

Hunt works with seven to 10 professional tea blenders for her proprietary teas. In addition, she likes to add local flare. She and Jan Tolmasoff of the Russian River Rose Company have collaborated to add local rose petals to the Wine and Roses blend.

The shop also carries Gibson Golden and Marin Coastal Bee Company honeys, paintings by Healdsburg fine artist David Van Everen and tea towels embroidered by local artisans Karen Van DeVenter and Diana Tendestke. Another local vendor supplies her with lavender.

Dragonfly Tea Company prepackages the teas, both hot and cold, and carries a variety of teapots and carafes with infusers to steep the teas.

The first few months in business were challenging. When she opened on July 1, street and sidewalk construction was just days away. Jackhammers, bulldozers and trucks made parking difficult and was accompanied by noise and dust. But that is now all in the past, and the newly configured streets offer more convenient parking and the attractive sidewalk plan is pulling shoppers north from the Plaza area.

“I love it here, and I find that Healdsburg people have been warm and welcoming,” said Hunt who has made friends with the shopkeepers around her.

Dragonfly Tea Company is located at 126 North St. For more information, call 473-8259 or visit Dragonfly Tea Co Healdsburg on Facebook.

 

 

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