Teacup closing Dec. 31

Posted on December 23rd, 2011 by Editor


The Teacup, a popular purveyor of tea on the hill, is closing Dec. 31.

For a couple of days now, readers and tea bloggers have been posting stories and sharing emails alluding to the sudden closure of the Teacup, the popular tea purveyor at Queen Anne’s caffein corner of West Boston Street and Queen Anne Avenue North. Elisabeth Knottingham took over the business about 10 years ago when it was located next door to Scott Cooper and Brian Benninck’s Blue Highway Games. Two years ago she moved into the corner location upon the departure of Tullys.

The View has since confirmed that the Teacup is closing. Its last day is Dec. 31. Staff learned of the decision a week ago. Knottingham plans to continue selling tea online, which has always been an integral part of her business.
“It’s both heartbreaking and heart-wrenching,” Knottingham said of the business’s closing. Her chief concern was with the welfare of her employees. She said some have already received job offers.
Knottingham had been negotiating lease terms with the landlord, but an agreement could not be met. Knottingham isn’t sure of her next move but with a background in physics and in nonfiction writing, she may venture in that direction again.


  • JBL

    How sad! We have enjoyed having it in the neighborhood as a pleasant spot to relax over great tea.

  • JBL

    How sad! We have enjoyed having it in the neighborhood as a pleasant spot to relax over great tea.

  • tico

    Every time I passed Tea Cup I would wonder aloud how could they possibly pay the rent. On my estimate, a good 80% of the people inside were non paying, wifi-mooching, gangly teenagers.

  • tico

    Every time I passed Tea Cup I would wonder aloud how could they possibly pay the rent. On my estimate, a good 80% of the people inside were non paying, wifi-mooching, gangly teenagers.

  • Jeff

    I’m very sad to see them go. This is the tea shop that introduced me to good tea. The Teacup closing is not unexpected though. They have a fraction of the teas they used to have, long time employees have left, and the vibe has changed ever since their move. Sad indeed.

  • Jeff

    I’m very sad to see them go. This is the tea shop that introduced me to good tea. The Teacup closing is not unexpected though. They have a fraction of the teas they used to have, long time employees have left, and the vibe has changed ever since their move. Sad indeed.

  • QA Hill

    What about a post on the 3rd reincarnation of Sorrentino/Enza/Polpetta? What about LloydMartin’s write up in the Seattle Weekly? I feel like this blog has gone down hill and is really spotty since Thea left.

  • QA Hill

    What about a post on the 3rd reincarnation of Sorrentino/Enza/Polpetta? What about LloydMartin’s write up in the Seattle Weekly? I feel like this blog has gone down hill and is really spotty since Thea left.

  • Carla

    Seriously ‘QA hill’. They are writing about Teacup! Really enjoyed having this in the neighborhood and will miss our weekly visits.

  • Carla

    Seriously ‘QA hill’. They are writing about Teacup! Really enjoyed having this in the neighborhood and will miss our weekly visits.

  • batty

    what we need in the ‘hood is a good NYC/Jewish deli!! This location is perfect for that.

  • batty

    what we need in the ‘hood is a good NYC/Jewish deli!! This location is perfect for that.

  • Mike

    There is a new subshop in lower as well which I don’t remember seeing on here either. But hey at least we know when someone’s dog has run away for a day and that there are rabbits available for adoption. Yah I agree with ya QAHill.

  • Mike

    There is a new subshop in lower as well which I don’t remember seeing on here either. But hey at least we know when someone’s dog has run away for a day and that there are rabbits available for adoption. Yah I agree with ya QAHill.

  • CO

    I’m deeply saddened by this news, especially accompanied by the upcoming closure of Ototo, and past closure Pasta Bella. QA is definitely changing and it’s hard to keep up anymore. The quirky, hometown feel of it is fast fleeting.

  • CO

    I’m deeply saddened by this news, especially accompanied by the upcoming closure of Ototo, and past closure Pasta Bella. QA is definitely changing and it’s hard to keep up anymore. The quirky, hometown feel of it is fast fleeting.

  • Sad, sad news!! I loved walking down to the Teacup and stocking up on everything from their vanilla rooibos to lapsang souchong. I’ll still look for them online but the neighborhood location will be missed.

  • Sad, sad news!! I loved walking down to the Teacup and stocking up on everything from their vanilla rooibos to lapsang souchong. I’ll still look for them online but the neighborhood location will be missed.


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