On the corner of Frankford and Columbia avenues, a new tea and coffee shop will open on Wednesday. There were rumors the building was to be a gourmet cheese shop, but the words “Steap and Grind” painted on the side of the triangular building in faux-worn black paint helped spark new theories on Fishtown.us.
The owner of the future tea shop, Peggy Stephens, also owns several other tea shops in the Philadelphia area, including Premium Steap near Rittenhouse Square. Her daughter, Colleen McHale, lives in Fishtown and will be operating the new business. She said she believes the new shop is filling a void in the neighborhood.
“There isn’t anyone who does loose tea, so that’s our niche,” McHale said. “There’s only one other cafe close by, then there’s one about a mile up the road.”
The new shop will not just be serving tea. It will also be providing coffee, breakfast foods and sandwiches around lunch.
“We’re also going to be selling the tools to make tea at home and the bulk teas,” McHale said. “So it’s not just a sit-down or takeout place.”
McHale and Stephens plan on holding 25 types of teas year-round as well as rotating seasonal options at the new shop.