Exploring Tea & More had fans before the doors at 3430 Dodge St. even opened. Owner Amy Steiner established an online tea business four years ago and has customers from around the country. She is looking forward to selling products to many of her customers in person as well as online. The energetic, enthusiastic tea lover wants to share her love of tea.
As a family-run business, Amy’s daughter, Lisa Marsh, serves as manager and her husband, Jim, handles the books, inventory, and is on site lending a hand every Saturday. They have brought to Dubuque a wonderful selection of green tea, black tea, purple tea, and many more. The loose-leaf tea has great flavor, is visually appealing, and is very aromatic.
Family artwork graces the shoppe walls and spice racks that belonged to Amy’s mother now hold sniffer jars filled with aromatic tea. The ambiance is welcoming, relaxing, and calm… just what Amy wanted.
Amy’s interest in tea began “many years ago, primarily for the health benefits that tea offers.” Loose-leaf tea’s benefits may include, but are not limited to, promoting relaxation and sleep, anti-cancer properties, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, aiding in weight loss and boosting the immune system. Tea has zero calories (if consumed without sugar or milk) and is a natural source of fluoride which may help prevent tooth decay.
The high altitude, high quality loose-leaf tea available at Exploring Tea & More has elevated levels of antioxidants compared to common tea.
Ninety-one glass jars of tea line the back wall of the shoppe and a world map pinpoints the source of each type of tea. Amy named two special teas in memory of her parents and another two are unique to Dubuque… Arboretum Rose and Mississippi Mud.
Tea accessories are also available. Teapots, tea bags made using biodegradable cornstarch bags, infusers, tea balls, and ice tea jugs can be found on the well-organized shelves. And because Amy likes to see the tea, nearly all the teapots are made of borosilicate glass.
In addition to tea and tea accessories, Amy wanted to “include a few products that complemented the tea and appealed to our customers.” The name, Exploring Tea & More, fits the shoppe to a “T.”
Beeswax candles from a local source as well as sources in Texas, North Carolina, and Colorado adorn the shelves in one corner of the shoppe. Essential oils, touch-ons, flower waters and tea lights, diffusers, and all natural first aid products that serve as pain relievers, sun screen, hand cream, and bug repellant are also available.
Goat’s milk soap from Tennessee and an olive oil based soap from Florida are neatly displayed. Liquid hand soap, air fresheners, and even cleaning supplies, pet shampoo, and tooth salt from Vermont line the walls. All of the products in the shoppe are free of petroleum, sulfates including sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, mineral oil, gluten, chemical preservatives, and artificial fragrances. They are also GMO free.
Exploring Tea & More is open from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. So, as the temperature falls, stop in and enjoy a hot cup of tea or shop for a unique gift for yourself or someone special. Plan to visit frequently so you can try all 99… oops… 91 jars of tea on the wall.
Tea Fun Facts:
- One ounce of loose-leaf tea makes approximately 12 cups of tea.
- Iced tea became popular at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. It had been enjoyed for about 100 years before then.
- Drinking tea regularly may be linked to stronger bones in men and women.
- Moisten the tea with hot water. Wait several seconds for the tea to warm up. Then add the rest of the hot water. This enhances the flavor of the tea.
- Loose-leaf tea is more environmentally friendly as there are no tea bags, no strings, and no staples.
- Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world.