Teaism wrote:I have visited the place many times since 90s. They have a lot of Taiwanese wares. The mood and atmosphere is nice. If the boss, Carrie, serve you it would be nice. Some info in the place:
20 hoot kiam road
tel : 63344212
Mon -sat 11 am -7 pm
sunday and ph closed
This is probably the 4 th time they shifted and now located in a one of an old shophouses in central area.
The tea, tea wares and atmosphere is good but some customers find the items are highly priced. I think the higher price is justifiable as the boss travel and hand picked all items. The shop is also standalone, so if you visit the place, they know you make all the effort to go there, and not happen to pass by (which also means you lose your bargaining power and not excuse not to purchase). I think generally if you are highly regarded to be a spendthrift customer, willing to pay more to find special wares and look for good atmosphere, and being well served by the boss, then it is place to go. I enjoy the place personally having been there often and treated well by the boss, but some of my tea friends are intimidated by the place and price. So it is a personal experience kind of shop.
Interesting. Probably worth a visit when I'm in SG next month then. The wares they posted on their blog do seem quite good.
You're probably right that customers lose their bargaining power - and they know it. I was a bit surprised at the outright statement that there are no free samples. I understand the policy but the straightforward statement, ah not so much. Well, I'm sure I will at least get some tea
Thank you for your input, Teaism!