Jan. 30, By Michael Florio
Tea and Milk, which made a name for itself at the LIC Flea selling tea and bubble tea, will be opening its first store at 32-02 34th Avenue in late February.
The owners will be putting up signage in a few weeks, said Mathew Wong, a co-owner of the store, as the opening date draws near.
Wong said they originally planned to open in early February, but construction took longer than expected.
When the shop opens it will offer similar items to what it had been offering at the flea market–such as Peach White tea, Apple Green tea and Taro bubble tea. Wong said that they will be made with natural ingredients such as fresh fruit, taro and chia seeds.
However, they will be adding several new items to the menu. While Wong said they do not wish to disclose many of the items, he said they are considering new toppings for their bubble tea. He added that the shop will also offer coffee and a coffee/tea drink.
“We are creating a coffee and tea mixed drink,” he said. “There will be more items added to the menu, but nothing is 100 percent yet, so we do not want to disclose those.”
Tea and Milk became popular after it began vending at the LIC Flea in 2013 and the Astoria Flea in 2014. The owners then decided to open a shop since they had developed a following.
“We want to stay in Astoria because we have built quite a fan base here,” Wong said in December. “They’ve kept coming back to the flea [markets] for us and have supported us.”
Wong said that the Astoria location is attractive since it has a lot of foot traffic.
Wong said that the community and their flea-market customers are getting excited as the opening draws near.
“Everyone is very supportive of our shop,” he said.
Wong said the company has not been vending since the outdoor LIC Flea and Food closed last fall.
However, the company plans on returning to the LIC Flea this April, when the outdoor market kicks off again in 2015.