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Our Story

The Perennial Tea Room is a small, independently-owned tea shop located in Post Alley in the historic Pike Place Market in Seattle. We offer over 100 high quality teas and accessories. We welcome anyone from tea novices starting to explore the wide world of tea to experienced tea-lovers looking for something new. We specialize in a personalized shopping experience: we help you choose the teas that best suit your tastes, make sure you have the accessories needed to brew them, and educate you along the way.

We strive to create an accessible retail environment with a low barrier to entry so everyone feels welcome to enjoy a delicious cup of tea. We welcome folks from all walks of life by providing the same level of service to every person who walks through our door. Our staff are highly educated without being highfalutin’: instead of preaching one right way to brew tea, we are adamant that “if it tastes good, you’re doing it right.” We make people-centered decisions and prioritize the wellbeing of our employees, customers, and suppliers in our business strategies and purchasing choices.

The Perennial Tea Room team includes Dolan, the owner, Mikaela, Aliya, and Tayler. The Perennial Tea Room was founded in 1990 by two friends looking for new horizons after their social work careers. Dolan joined the team in 2015 and took over the business in 2019.