VVN's Tea will mix tea and art when the shop opens at 194 First Ave.
The proprietors, three friends who list artist and designer among their occupations, reportedly signed a five-year lease for the space here between 11th Street and 12th Street.
Here's the concept via the VVN website:
VVN's TEA is a place that not only sells tea, but also promotes a lifestyle. A lifestyle that is centered around the appreciation of tea and the sharing of art.
Every cup is an open canvas, printed with artworks by local artists. When you a cup of tea, you are not just buying the drink, you are buying the whole experience.
You get to take home with you, a tiny piece of artwork and share it with your friends on social media.
The space previously housed the Neptune. The Polish-American restaurant closed in December 2016 after 15 years in business.
The landlord chopped the former Neptune space in half. Chelsea Thai has leased the storefront on the south.