Situated in the heart of The Beaches in Toronto, Pippins Tea Company is an independently owned retail shop established in 2004 out of a passion for Tea and all things Tea related.
Since then, we’ve grown and branched out and are now a tea and gift boutique, but our roots are a small brick and mortar shop, catering to all things tea and community and simply good taste!
Neighbourhood Living Article:
A trip to Pippins in the Beach is like sipping a warm cup of tea, relaxing for the mind, calming to the senses and soothing to the soul. “It’s a peaceful and serene place”, says Barbara, a 25 year veteran of the corporate world, who left her downtown office to start a business that would nurture her spirit and her sense of community. She has never looked back.
With more than 150 all-natural loose leaf teas, beautiful tea wares, specialty foods and gifts, Pippins radiates good taste.
Pippins carries 100 plus mugs, teacups and saucers; brewing gadgets of every description; and more than 70 teapots ranging from industrial stainless steel designs to traditional English china from such coveted and hard-to-find names as Dunoon, Emma Bridgewater, Burleigh, Guy Degrenne and Spode. As well as a complete gift shop with items ranging from soaps and lotions, vases, aprons, linen tea towels, "made in Canada" product and sweets & treats.
Regarded as something of an institution in the Beach, Pippins is the first place customers think to visit when they’re looking for a gift. “People appreciate the experience,” says Barb, whether they’re dropping in to the shop or logging on to the website. That customer loyalty is hard earned. “I source my teas from only a handful of suppliers, I purchase in small quantities and I settle for nothing less than exceptional. I provide my customers with premium, quality teas at fair prices.”
Barb chose Queen Street East for her tea shop because of its unique, small-town appeal. “The Beach is special to me. I like the sense of community and I can make a contribution here”. And because Pippins is not a franchise operation, Barb and her amazing staff can operate at a slower, friendlier, more personalized pace.
“We take the time to get to know our customers, and many of them are now our friends.”
Pippins remains true to its community ideals: quality, value, community and customer service.
“Tea is not something you can rush. It’s meant to be sipped and savoured with friends,” says Barb. “that’s the kind of experience we offer at Pippins.”