Drew Henry and his wife, Cerina Henry, estimate they’re two to three years ahead of schedule.
Nonetheless, the couple plans to open the doors 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday to the Revival Tea Co., located in 1,800 square feet of space in the basement at 415 W. Main, in downtown Spokane.
Revival Tea will be open seven days a week during those hours.
The Henrys started Revival Tea online with a single blend, a freshly crafted spiced chai, in 2018. Before that year ended, they were fulfilling orders from all 50 states and 24 countries, Drew Henry says.
About 1,200 square feet of this one-time early 1900s speakeasy will offer seating for up to 28 people while the remainder will be dedicated to fulfilling orders. Revival Tea carries both bagged and loose teas.
The company now carries nearly 40 different tea blends and is sold in 100 tea and coffee shops in the U.S. The spiced chai is still a strong customer favorite.
Other popular blends include mango flavor with a black tea base, Earl Grey with a finish of cornflower petals, and peppermint.
Their Northwest Breakfast blend, lightly hinted with pine needles, also is gaining in popularity, according to Henry.
He says he and his wife are stunned by how quickly their business has grown.
“I was a branch manager at a mortgage bank, and she was in real estate,” Henry says. “This was going to be something that was on the side – something we’d one day maybe move into later down the road.”
The Henrys mulled over a number of different ideas about starting a business.
It was a trip to Ireland that got them thinking about tea.
“It’s the No. 2 drink in the world,” Drew Henry says. “We wondered if it was possible to bring something to market ... a new spin with a new clientele.”
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