Creek Tea Shop Offers Grains, Greens, Books and Peace

Emma’s most favorite thing was to draw dogs. Well, one dog in particular…”  It was 10 in the morning on a weekday at Creek Teaand I walked into a children’s reading circle. Half a dozen moms and their toddlers on their hips, or set loose and  rearranging the coasters on a table, looking at their mom’s cellphones, climbing on the poufs. Some of them were even listening to the mom who was reading aloud about Emma’s passion for drawing.

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It was an unusually busy morning at this tea and book emporium—most days it has the serenity that just the idea of tea inspires. Comfy sofas and soft chairs and a wall of books make the room seem more like a living room than a coffee shop, though there are the expected virtual workers isolated by their earphones and busy on their laptops, and several mid-century tables and cafe chairs. Pretty books—about artists from Rothko to Botticelli, biographies (Fred Rogers), children’s books and lots of books about tea—line the wall and are displayed in tidy stacks on a table.

Order tea—white, green or black— and you’re given a wood tray with a pot, a mug and a timer so you can tell when the tea is finished steeping. In the mornings, there is a selection of pastries; for lunch or afternoon, the menu is hip and healthy: bowls of grains and greens like forbidden rice and spinach. Creek Tea is designed to be an experience, not a place to fuel up and go. It’s meant to be a place to chill, hang out, relax and take your time with your tea.

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Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf is the late Executive Editor of Salt Lake magazine and Utah's expert on local food and dining. She still does not, however, know how to make a decent cup of coffee.

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