Washington, DC

2701 12th Street, NE at Evarts courtesy Calabash

Ed. Note: Same block as Salumeria 2703 and Menomale.

From a press release:

“Calabash Tea & Tonic, DC’s award-winning teahouse, is set to open a second location in the Brookland neighborhood this spring. The 900 square foot Brookland shop is located at 2701 12th Street NE and will feature a large outdoor patio curated with medicinal plants and culinary herbs.

Like its sister spot in Shaw — which has been voted “Best Tea” five years in a row in Washington City Paper’s Best of D.C. poll — Calabash’s Brookland location will feature over 50 organic tea blends based on founder Dr. Sunyatta Amen’s Cuban-Jamaican great-grandmother’s time-tested formulas. Calabash also serves direct trade pour-over coffees, vegetarian vittles and will host community meetups and wellness-focused events.

This location will do double-duty, as it will allow Calabash to expand its rapidly growing wholesale business, which currently serves Shop Made In DC, Baked & Wired, WeWork D.C., Cove, and Culture Coffee, among others. The new jobs created in Brookland will allow Calabash to continue its commitment to hiring single mothers, veterans and returning citizens.

Amen, a fifth-generation master herbalist and naturopathic physician, says, “We have this incredibly dynamic and diverse community of staff and guests at our Shaw location and we’re excited to expand to my neighborhood of Brookland. Because of its creativity, history, and vibrancy, Northeast DC is the perfect place for our next home. We look forward to contributing to the commercial invigoration of the 12th Street strip.”


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