1105 E Plaza Blvd
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Tea parties are no longer just for little girls in princess dresses. My Cup of Tea Unique Gifts, at the tail end of the 3rd Avenue village, provides a warm atmosphere where grown ups can have their very own tea party.The small shop is owned by retiree Janet Goff, who started working at the tea shop voluntarily six years ago when it was located down the street and owned by another fellow tea aficionado."My daughter one day said `You know, there's a tea shop that just opened up on 3rd' because my children know I've been crazy about tea forever," said Goff. "I came by and found the tea shop after I got off work that day and went in and had a cup of tea."Despite having her tea served in a styrofoam cup, something she feels "takes away the ambiance" of the tea drinking experience, she kept coming back and enjoying her favorite drink. Eventually she volunteered her services. After the former owner decided it was time to sell, Goff made an offer for the business. Once she took over she decided to move the location and do things a bit differently.Goff explains: "As you can see I use China. I'll do dishes. I have no problem with that. And the business picked up a lot more since she had it."The shop is modeled to look like a little English tea shop and carries 100 different types of tea from all over the world that are sold by the ounce, or can be enjoyed in store with a scone, lemon curd, and clotted cream. A full tea service is also available with a reservation, which includes three types of sandwiches. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and since the shop also carries adorable, knick knacks like teaspoons, teapots, and animal-shaped salt-and-pepper shakers, walking in feels like coming over to grandma's house.As a tea drinker myself, I looked forward to trying one of the brews. Goff served up a blend of chamomile and mint that was not only delicious but also soothing. I couldn't help but feel warmed to the bone, especially because of the chilly winter weather outside. And sitting down for tea was relaxing. There was something about the experience that was calming and simply nice. That's no surprise to Goff, who turns to tea for all ailments and emotions.She says, "I drink tea to wake up. I drink tea to go to sleep. Because I don't feel good. Because I'm happy. I drink it for any old reason." After trying her tea, it's not hard to see why.
The Fruit Barr and Caffe is spelled that way says Patricia Serna, the owner of the establishment, "because we want you to stop and think." and presumably come in. for a meal and a smoothie. Most patrons, however, usually first go to the 24 Hour Fitness a few doors down to think. They do that both before and after stopping in for water, fresh fruit and veggie drinks, and/or a good meal. Says one such patron, "the only reason I have gained weight is because I started going here after the gym, but now I only go here." A true epicurean I say.One such drink that the fitness freaks, the road warriors, women's groups, community locals, friends, and passers by stop to have is the blended and frosty Cucumber Spinach Iced drink. Despite the kid groan causing name, it is one of the finest drinks I have had in years, absolutely refreshing and very tasty. It also helps cool the jalapeño burn should one dare bite into the garnishment that comes with the ham sandwich, another fabulous treat in and of itself. The photo's tell the taste story better than I ever can, have a look.The Fruit Barr Caffe is kid friendly with a private, albeit small library, two TV's, lounge chairs a stage, and a magic mike karaoke. This place, said the health inspector upon delivering it's "A" rating said it was hard to classify, "it is a cross between Starbucks, Jamba Juice and the finest of deli's," Mexican style, I might add. The menu is expansive and you will be hard pressed to find a paltry meal here.This place should be on your must visit list when in Chula Vista.
Like a window to the past to see the future, is My Cup of Tea Unique Gifts. May look discreet from the out side, bur as you get closer, you enter into a new and enchanting world. The world of Tea.Would you like a cup of tea of your choice from 70 varieties, with a delicious scone and the original English clotted cream? Or a full Tea with your friends, at the store or at home? Or are you looking for that unique gift? Or looking for a Victorian hat or an item for a Red Hat Lady? This is the place!My Cup of Tea Unique Gifts is run by Janet Goff since 2006. After 20 years living in Hawaii, she started working as an employee at the store to become its owner two years later. Her lifelong Tea enthusiasm and her classes at the World Tea Expo, inspired Janet to remodel the place to give it her own touch and good taste, and offer a broad range of Tea, Tea related items and services, including full Teas and a monthly Tea-go´s (Tea and bingo). My Cup of Tea Unique Gifts store would not be better located than in the third avenue in downtown Chula Vista to be in touch with our traditions and to make a hold in our rushing lives and be able to see better the future. You must go!