I noticed at the SW Food Expo earlier this month a heavy emphasis on beverages, from smoothie mixes to teas. And then today when getting my quarterly coiffure the girls at Michael Raymond (Hi girls!) told me the former Quizno's spot at Preston/Forest is going to be a tea shop.
Village Tea Company has a sign up, they're moving quickly (September according to their website). They have a kid's area, "a supervised, comfortable, educational and fun experience for kids while parents continue with the things they do, all while parents can keep an eye on them via closed circuit television." This could be very handy for PTA meetings for moms with younger kids at home.
It appears to be geared towards a sit and relax environment, rather than a get your drink and go, or in their words, "where moms, friends, young professionals, all of them finding their own personal escape". IJS, mine does not involve a shop with kids running around it. And it looks like smoothies will be on the menu as well.
Anyhow, I guess tea is the latest in a series of stores seeking to sell a $3 price point for something that costs pennies to produce. If that game plan still works, somebody needs to start a cotton candy store on this corner!