Tucked away just south of the busy intersection of Ft. Lowell and 1st Avenue is the Many Hands Courtyard, home to various shops and a fantastic art fair. We were fortunate enough to meet with Petra, owner of Tea & More who opened her shop in the courtyard in February. The idea to open a tea shop came from her home in Germany; according to Petra, in every small town in Germany there is a great tea shop. Having lived in Tucson for 10 years and missing all-natural tea options like in Germany, Petra decided to open a shop of her own. All of her tea is imported from Germany and has no artificial flavoring and is made with real fruits. She has teas ranging from a Hawaiian Pineapple to herbals, spices and one of her best sellers, the Sleepy Tea. If you are unsure which tea is best for you, Petra is happy to answer your questions. .
Not only does Petra have a vast selection of teas, but she also has everything you need to steep your newly purchased loose-leaf tea. Her shop is a lovely combination of tea and great items such as candles and tea accessories (she also has great gift arrangements). All of the items you will find in her store are fair trade or recycled, and the candles are 100% soy. The space is also shared with an antique store, so all of the furniture you see are one of a kind antique pieces that are also for sale. Local businesses working together is just one thing that makes the Many Hands courtyard so special, it truly has a community feel to it.
Also, don’t miss the Arts Fair every third Saturday of the month at the courtyard. All the shops will be open during this time and it is no charge for local artists to come display their work.