Less than a year after opening, Whimsy Tea Company has already expanded to a larger location that will also provide room for future growth.
Gordon and Laura Davis began the business as a vendor at the Old Capitol Farmers Market, then opened a brick-and-mortar location at 413 E. Adams in October 2020. The couple took advantage of the programs and networking in Innovate Springfield, Springfield Local First and Downtown Springfield Inc., along with actively cultivating a strong peer network, and credit Springfield’s business ecosystem for their ability to grow rapidly.
While the former Milk & Honey Fresh Market location provided a good starting point, Davis said the new space just down the street at 316 E. Adams is a significant expansion. “It’s five times the size of our old space, and we have the capability to have a kitchen so we can eventually move into baked goods as well,” he said.
Davis said sales were up even through the pandemic, and now that COVID restrictions have eased, the new location will also offer a seating area.
Hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with some evening hours for special events.
In addition to selling 35 different types of tea online and at the Old Capitol Farmers Market, Whimsy Tea is offered at Pease’s at Bunn Gourmet and Three Twigs Bakery in Springfield, plus Interurban Market in Williamsville.