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Tea Amo! Loose leaf tea and boutique opens in the village

CARE FOR SOME TEA? — Tea Amo, “an exquisite upscale tea boutique,” opened its doors in the beginning of November. Pictured is Danielle Casucci, one of the three shop owners. The boutique sells blended loose leaf teas, accouterments, jewelry and other items. Photos by Alicia Greco.
HAMBURG — A new shop is brewing next to the Coyote Cafe on Main Street in Hamburg; Tea Amo is the village’s newest loose leaf tea and boutique shop.

Three pals, Danielle Casucci, Susan Guziec and Kristin Gibbons, run the shop. Tea Amo itself has been in existence for eight years and ran seasonally, inside the Walden Galleria Mall, at farmers markets and during special local events.

On Nov. 2, Tea Amo’s doors opened and a grand opening celebration was held on Nov. 22.

“It’s been great,” Casucci said, in regard to the location. “The community has been real receptive.”

Casucci and her husband blend the teas that the store has for sale. “We try to keep everything local,” she said.

The business’s “Ice Wine” tea is made with grape skin from Niagara wineries and the “Winter Walk” tea is a white offering infused with blueberries from Awald Farms in North Collins.

The Winter Walk is very high in antioxidants and Casucci said that the business has a following of clientèle who purchase this offering specifically for those undergoing cancer treatments.

Loose leaf tea is sold by the ounce; a 2-ounce bag will yield approximately 20 cups of the hot beverage, Casucci said. A variety of instruments may be used, to serve loose tea. Some tea pots have filters built in; stainless steel tea ball infusers work similarly to a tea bag, but can be reused. Tea bags can be purchased, used and then tossed, to take advantage of loose tea on the go.

Tea Amo sells tea pots of various colors, and infusers are also available for purchase.

The boutique also offers jewelry, gift items and baked goods to its customers. Guziec bakes an assortment of treats; the shop is currently featuring her biscotti.

Fashion items in the shop are provided by local vendors. Mugs and glasses from Hamburg’s MLR Designs, engraved with buffalo details, line the shelves. Glass encasements are home to hand-picked fine jewelry and gems.

The walls are lined with scarves, headwraps and shawls. Other vendors featured at the tea shop include Celestial Designs and Amy Rath.

According to Casucci, the women at the business “wanted to do something for a long time,” but all had different interests. Tea Amo, she said, “just came together for us.”

Guziec heard about the space’s opening through her friend Jeff Govino, the owner of Coyote Cafe. Casucci said that the three women jumped on the opportunity to fill the location, before it could be put up for sale.

Tea Amo is located at 38 Main St. in Hamburg. For more information, call 947-9688.

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