A hot mug of tea in a cozy spot by the fire is the best way to spend a rainy day or night. That’s what Wattle Tree Place owners (and sisters), Anna Phillips and Sophie Wegecsanyi, thought as they conjured the latest addition to their space on 1920 Broadway — an apothecary teahouse.
“We’re working with a lot of herbs and spices creating intentional candles and things like that and we wanted to nourish people on the inside. Tea was a natural step,” Phillips said.
The teahouse has natural brews like rooibos, Earl Grey, chamomile and peppermint, as well as magical brews created by Phillips with help from Wegecsanyi and the various people who are drawn to Wattle Tree Place.
“We had other people taste it and give feedback on how it makes them feel and where it resonates in their body,” Phillips said. Some of the herbs and spices in the teas come from Wattle Tree Farms, the nonprofit farm the sisters helped form at the Jane Weber Evergreen Arboretum in Vancouver’s Old Evergreen Highway neighborhood.
Each magical tea comes with a special affirmation created by Phillips. The Ground on Down tea with rose, cardamom and cinnamon has an affirmation invoking good luck. The Sunshine Memories, with chamomile, rose and holy basil, has an affirmation shining with memories and warm sunshine.