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Try Bubble Tea at Spice and Tea Merchants

Spice and Tea Merchants of Traverse City carries more than 100 varieties of high-quality loose-leaf teas, from wake-up tea to a detoxifying herbal or healthy green tea packed with antioxidants. They are now serving Bubble Teas for dine in or carry out. Bubble tea is available between Memorial Day and Labor Day, brewed to order, and there are more than 120 flavors to choose from. Varieties include TC Cherry Bubble Tea, or Boba, or Pearl Milk tea and others. Created in the 1980s in Taiwan, bubble tea is a cold, frothy drink made with a tea base shaken with flavors, sweeteners and/or milk, with tapioca pearls at the base of the drink.

Local owner Nicholas Battista  says, “Come visit our beautiful downtown store conveniently located on Front Street and fully equipped to meet all of your cooking and tea brewing needs. On our Facebook page (, we share tips, recipes and offer specials exclusive to followers.” They also carry fine spices, herbs, blends, teas, soups mixes, orzo and rice, coffees and imported African products.

Location: 145 E. Front St., Traverse City. For orders and more information, call 231-947-7423, email [email protected] or visit