The Spice & Tea Exchange will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 11.
The tea shop and culinary store at 161 Lincolnway in downtown Valparaiso is planning a weekend-long grand opening that includes a 20% discount for veterans with ID on Nov. 11. The first 25 customers each day that weekend get a free one-ounce tea.
A buy five, get the sixth free will be offered on all consumables that weekend, while customers can get buy one, get one free 16-ounce iced or hot teas from the tea bar 3-5 p.m. on Nov. 12 and 13.
Valparaiso native Tina St. Aubin started the business, which sells teas, spices, seasonings and specialty salts and sugars.
“Being born and raised here in Valparaiso, it is truly rewarding to give back to my community through the opening of The Spice & Tea Exchange,” she said. “The majority of my family are business owners so it was only right that I joined the list. I’m also thankful that my mom and sons have been a part of the process — I find it so special that we have three generations in the store on some days.”
The store products are sourced from around the globe and include many exotic varieties. It offers 85 custom blends of spices that are hand-mixed "for beginners and five-star chefs alike." It offers more than 45 loose-leaf teas, more than 150 spices by the jar, kitchen accessories, recipe kits and gift boxes.
The Spice & Tea Exchange also has a tea bar that serves both hot and cold teas. It's the first Northwest Indiana franchise of the national brand that was founded in 2008 and has more than 80 stores across the United States.
“I’ve worked to not only build a new team, but a family who loves The Spice & Tea Exchange brand as much as I do. We are all so proud to be able to bring something to the community that will not only share our passion for food, but also enhance the lives of our guests,” St. Aubin said. “One of the first products I tried during my initial visit to The Spice & Tea Exchange was Vik’s Garlic Fix Spice Blend. But I also like to recommend Honeybee Ginger Elixir Tea, Black Truffle Garlic Seasoning and Backwoods Hickory Rub to members of my community who are looking to try something new.”
The Spice & Tea Exchange is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, visit www.spiceandtea.com/valparaiso or call 219-615-3162.
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