Coffee CommuniTea: Lia Leaf Tea House, Flagstaff, AZ

Today’s Cup o’ Tea:
Lia Leaf Tea House, Flagstaff, AZ

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Share a Cuppa (pertinent details)

What better way to warm up in the winter or cool down in the summer than with a cup of REAL tea from a tea house tucked in the high pine forests of Flagstaff, Arizona? Owner, Christine, opened the shop in February of 2018 as an authentic tea house for true tea aficionados.

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  • Clean lines of the interior, yet comfortable
  • Knowledgeable baristas
  • All teas are made with 100% real ingredients, no added chemical flavors
  • Tea books to study while you sip
  • Tasty teas
    (Sorry, coffee lovers, you’ll have to jump across the parking lot to the Dutch Bros. where my daughter works.)
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Hubby, Bob, checks out the menu: hot bar, cold bar, matcha bar, and loose leaf teas.

What’s Brewing (coffee, tea, food)

Lia Leaf specializes in:
  • Single origin teas
  • Specialty tea concoctions
  • House blended tisanes

A few pastries are available, too… tasty tidbits to munch on while enjoying your cuppa.

Percolation Factor
(the activity/environment/energy/service)

The location is handy to Northern Arizona University and popular restaurants and shopping.

You can rent space for meetings of up to 10 people, too, at a very reasonable rate.

 

The Grind (what I would change)
It’s a true TEA house! What’s not to love?

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Morgan and Sydney helped us out with excellent tea descriptions, options, and yummy ideas. Thanks, ladies!

The Grounds (location)
601 E Piccadilly Dr, Ste 10
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
 (928) 440-5386

Tea Times (hours)
M.–F.  7:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
Sa.  9 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
Sun.  9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Yelp rating:
4 stars from 4 reviews

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I love connecting people and ideas, so I’ve been creating small villages my entire life. Really, what better places can writers and musicians find to create “village” than independent coffee/tea shops? I wrote most of my Rhythms & Muse novel and Delfaerune Rhapsody series-in-progress in coffee/tea venues, so I found it natural to create this blog. Whether you came here to find a new favorite hangout, or suggest a spot not yet not posted, may you find Coffee CommuniTea exactly to your taste!

2000 Marbles Make Mechanical Music

Wintergatan – Marble Machine

I love this amazing invention! Don’t you?

Call for young writers’ and artists’ creative works

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Art and writing by James A. Owen grace the first three pages of our hand-bound leather book.

 Writer and artist friends, we have received only ten synergy arts entries (out of the 84 needed) to fill The Storytelling Book of the Ancient Traveler, and we’d love to see your work in it! There is no entry fee, plus we are open to writing or art from “youngsters” of any age.

 

Simply visit AbsolutelyWild.net, the project’s sponsor, and pick one of the Ancient Traveler’s “objects” to write about or draw. Your submitted work will appear in the book with the incomparable James Artimus Owen and Gini Koch. [Look them up if you’re not familiar… excellent company!]
We plan to auction the finished hand-bound book to benefit young writers and artists with a scholarship or some other charity support.
Check out, below, some of the outstanding entries we received.
Thank you for sharing this post with any creatives who might be interested.
P.S.  The  deadline for submitted writing and art is Jan. 31, 2018. Cheers.



“Demigod” writing (excerpt)
by Summer Barbaro

As The Ancient Traveler hiked through the forest, he was overwhelmed by what he saw.  Enormous pine trees towering over him like downtown skyscrapers. Among the pine trees, were white trunked aspen trees covered in leaves the color of roses.  He was enchanted by the sight but then realized the trek through the forest had made him very thirsty.

Not far away, he heard water rushing. Following the sound, he came upon a river cascading into a waterfall. The water was crystal clear teal blue against the red and green of the trees. As he reached for the water, The Ancient Traveler was caught off-guard by two glowing beings.

The one splashing in the water appeared to be a girl with jet-black hair falling to her waist and dressed in pure white. The other, a boy built like an ox, was high on a boulder keeping watch over the girl. His hair was blonde and he looked ready to pounce like a lion if threatened.


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“Marble” object art by Ambrosia Jones, age 20


“The Comet” writing (excerpt) 
by William Edgmon, age 25

It was known that the Opus were reaching their ascension.  Prophesized by the etchings of creation, the sacred comet foretold their purpose.  Carved in the Comet’s surface were the hieroglyphics of past and future.  Pressing away moss and grime revealed the birth of a species.  Born immortal, they grew together.  Nothing short of an eternity to find love, then together they’d float across the dimensional plane.

Their eyes were on each other.  The goal was to listen, to receive, to offer.  No one dwelled on the carving’s end, and the single figure draped in studded lines.

Coffee CommuniTea: Pitchforks & Corks, Tempe, AZ

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Today’s Cup o’ Tea
Pitchforks & Corks – Tempe, AZ

 

Share a Cuppa (pertinent details about the owner, building, history, name)

Smack dab in the center of Tempe, just north of University Drive—above the ASU store and overlooking College Ave.—hides a gem of a coffee/wine shop/restaurant you have to experience to believe.

Pitchforks & Corks is a quiet, second-floor coffee shop with industrial chic decor and a delicious menu. I love this place!

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It didn’t hurt either, to be treated by my talented author and friend Dr. Andrea Tovar. [Thank you, Andrea, for the amazing appetizers, cookies, not to mention the photo using the airbrush app that makes you look incredible, and me like some unknown glamorous woman. 🙂 ]

Perks (what I really like!)

  • The value of the food your receive for the price!
  • The deck, with built-in heaters, and an excellent view of “A” Mountain.
  • The look of the place! I hear they’re planning to improve with a slight remodel soon, too! Not sure what they could improve on except perhaps the cool-looking, though not-too-comfortable high stools.

What’s Brewing (coffee, tea, food)

  • Omelettes
  • Salads
  • Small plates
  • Sandwiches
  • Patries
  • Coffee/tea
  • Wine/beer/spirits

Percolation Factor (the activity/environment/energy/service)

  • You can make a reservation for parties of fifteen or fewer by calling (480) 727-4546 or emailing Melissa.
  • Happy Hour, M.–F., 3 p.m.–6 p.m.

The Grind (what I would change)

  • I’d let everyone know about this place, because it is such a hidden treasure.
  • A bigger tea selection would satisfy Tea Evangelists like me.

The Grounds (location)
660 South College Avenue
Tempe, AZ  85281
480-727-4546

Tea Times (hours)
M.–F.      11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Yelp rating:
4.5 stars from 13 reviews

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I love connecting people and ideas, so I’ve been creating small villages my entire life. Really, what better places can writers and musicians find to create “village” than independent coffee/tea shops? I wrote most of my Rhythms & Muse novel and Delfaerune Rhapsody series-in-progress in coffee/tea venues, so I found it natural to create this blog. Whether you came here to find a new favorite hangout, or suggest a spot not yet not posted, may you find Coffee CommuniTea exactly to your taste!

Coffee CommuniTea: Global Tea Mart, Chandler, AZ

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Today’s Cup o’ Tea
Global Tea Mart – Chandler, AZ

I discovered a new lovely gift shop and tea room in Phoenix’s East Valley, and I’m so excited about it!

 

Share a Cuppa (pertinent details about the owner, building, history, name)

Global Tea Mart (GTM) owners Diane and Dean Eddy’s tea shop has been around for a couple of years in Chandler, but they just expanded to offer several charming themed tea rooms in November 2017.
With certifications earned in various teas, their knowledge is only a question away. Go query them, find the perfect tea accessories, and enjoy the experience that is tea.


Perks
(what I really like!)

  • The themed rooms, both spacious and cozy versions: Queen Victoria Room, Charles Dickens’ Room, the Music Room, etc. If you want a tea event—Wed.–Sun. 11 a.m.–2 p.m.— 48-hour advance reservations are required.
  • Their delightful tea gift shop, where you’ll find teas, books, and wares to satisfy even the heartiest of tea aficionados.
  • Their comprehensive and information Web site, even including a State of Mind tea game to introduce you to the perfect tea to fit your current mood.

 

What’s Brewing (coffee, tea, food)

  • Your favorite teas from around the world.
  • Buy your choice of tea in the gift shop, order it online, or experience it in one of the themed rooms.

 

Percolation Factor (the activity/environment/energy/service)

  • Diane Eddy, Certified Tea Professional, leads tea classes covering everything from “Pairing Tea With Chocolates” to the “Japanese Tea Ceremony.” She invites you to learn the origins and history of fine tea, and to see, smell and taste the differences between teas.

 

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My friends Laurie, Andrea, and I in the Music Room for our Christmas Tea.

The Grind (what I would change)

!Nada¡ I really enjoyed my experience at Global Tea Mart and cannot wait to go back. Give me an excuse, friend…

 

The Grounds (location)

991 S Alma School Rd #5
Chandler, AZ 85248
Promenade At Fulton Ranch
(480) 219-6211

 

Tea Times (hours)

M.–Sa.      10AM–5PM
Sunday      11AM–2PM

Yelp rating: 5 stars from 4 reviews

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I love connecting people and ideas, so I’ve been creating small villages my entire life. Really, what better places can writers and musicians find to create “village” than independent coffee/tea shops? I wrote most of my Rhythms & Muse novel and Delfaerune Rhapsody series-in-progress in coffee/tea venues, so I found it natural to create this blog. Whether you came here to find a new favorite hangout, or suggest a spot not yet not posted, may you find Coffee CommuniTea exactly to your taste!

Knitted Fabrication – Stories and Ugly Holiday Sweaters, ALWAYS

Alliance for Literary Writers, Authors & Yabbering Scribes (ALWAYS)

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“Don we now our gay apparel?” The better to tell stories in,   my dear. Excuse the mixed metaphor and come share something meaningful at our Dec. ALWAYS gathering.

Established writer, do you have a favorite mini story or holiday tradition to share? Don your favorite “ugly holiday sweater” and come share with us something book related, or simply meaningful to you, over a delicious meal. What better way for writers to get into the season’s spirit?

Here’s the usual agenda:
11:30 introductions with writing tips
11:50 order lunch
11:55 writing discussion/sharing
1 p.m. pay individual bills and adjourn (to go write!)

Next gathering:
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
(ALWAYS typically meets on the second Thursday of the month.)

Where:
Romeo’s Euro Cafe
207 N Gilbert Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85234
(480) 962-4224

Cost:
A writing tip, and your own lunch.

RSVP:
PLEASE show the consideration of reserving your spot at the table by:
• RSVPing through the “Going” link on our Facebook Event page
or
• Contacting Ann Videan, avidean@videanunlimited.com

If you’ve RSVP’d, please SHOW UP. If you run into a conflict, please let me know BEFORE the event so I can make the necessary adjustments for the group meeting. Cheers!
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ABOUT ALWAYS

Are you an established writer who:
• Needs contacts to help your writing?
• Wants advice about your writing?
• Likes to hang with other cool writers?

If so, our tribe – the Alliance for Literary Writers, Authors & Yabbering Scribes (ALWAYS) – is the place for you. We’re an informal group of established writers looking for camaraderie, ideas, enlightenment and connection with writers, especially in the Phoenix metro area, to talk about our craft and businesses.

Any established writer can connect with us online through our ALWAYS Facebook page, get listed in our directory of writers on our ALWAYS LinkedIn page, or you can meet with us in person at a lunch meeting. We’d love to have any experienced writer join us at our next meeting … anyone who spends a significant part of his/her week writing, and wants to rub elbows with other writers.

Calling all young writers, artists, and creatives…

This is a Call for Submissions for young writers and creatives (ages 15-ish to 25-ish)—and selected professionals—to submit content for potential inclusion in The Storytelling Book of the Ancient Traveler. James Artimus Owen—author/illustrator of the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica—contributed his brilliant work to jump-start the book with his opening pages. For this, we owe him a HUGE thank you.

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If selected for the one-of-a-kind, hand-bound, leather volume, your creative work will be published alongside entries from other young creatives and professionals. Simply select one of the items on the Ancient Traveler’s List of Objects below, write a short story or create an illustration following our guidelines, and submit it by email. There is no cost to submit your work. Submissions are due on the first of each month through Jan. 15, 2018.

 

This “synergy arts” project concept is the brainchild of Joanne de Biasi, who hand made the book (pictured). The project will be brought to fruition through Absolutely Wild! Enchanted Faerie Portals & Other Whimsy, who will auction the completed book to support creative endeavors of young writers and artists. See their list of charities on the AW Web site.

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LIST OF OBJECTS

Pick one topic for your story or art. We’d love to see a story and an image for each object.
Objects in bold are from James A. Owen’s list (pictured).

Code for already selected objects:
√w = writing
√a = artwork

 

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Object 31: We received this exceptional entry called “Jeweled Girl” from R.S. Mardina, age 16

1.          A marble [√a]
2.         Three frogs
3.         An emperor
4.         Underwear

5.         Noble dogs
6.         A comet

7.         Evil cats

8.         A doll

9.         Zombie lawyers

10.       Willow Trees

11.        Kilt-check awards

12.        A piece of chalk

13.        A kite

14.        Demigods 
[√w]
15.        A watch
16.        The cursing curse

17.        Oatmeal

18.        A book
19.        Flying pigs
20.        A kettle

21.         A dragon of unusual size
22.         Train tracks
23.         Amethyst eyes [√w]
24.         Royal children
25.         Stone
26.         A faerie portal [√a,w]
27.         Mythical creature
28.         Wood
29.         A friend
30.        A dolphin
31.         Blonde hair [√a]
32.         Volcano
33.         Presents
34.         Pizza
35.         A typewriter
36.         Wand
37.         A bag of jewels [√w]
38.         A stringed instrument
39.         Hearts
40.         Falling water
41.         A heart
42.         Other (only a few pages available)