One of #Gunbarrel’s biggest draws for outsiders—and any who love a good cup of tea—is Celestial Seasonings. But while most of us recognize the iconic brand and its impressive art on store shelves, few know everything the tea maven offers at its facility off Spine Road. Here are 5 things you might not have have known about CS:
- Celestial Seasonings offers free tours daily. Walk the journey of tea from leaf to sachet—even get a serious whiff of the mint room. The tour lasts 45 minutes, and does not require a reservation. Free samples are sometimes available during limited hours, though general tour hours are 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday and 11am-3pm on Sunday.
- There’s more than just tea available at Celestial Seasonings—there’s a full café. If you’re looking for a different kind of culinary experience, plan a meal at the Celestial Café for breakfast or lunch. Open Monday-Friday, the Café is a delectable treat. The full menu is available here, though keep an eye on the website for special events and rotating weekly specials.
- Love tea and baking/cooking? Celestial Seasonings’ website has a slew of special recipes you can make at home, using your favorite kinds of tea.
- The artwork we all love on Celestial Seasonings’ packaging has been commissioned. Artists like Mike Wimmer, Beth Underwood, and Lori Anzalone are to thank for creating the fantastical storybook-esque images that adorn our tea boxes.
- Did you know that the Sleepytime and Red Zinger teas were first created in 1972? Celestial Seasonings stretches back to 1969, when Mo Siegel developed the first blends, but soared to celebrity only a few years later. The Celestial Seasonings company was briefly owned by Kraft in the mid-1980s, but was bought back and is now owned/management by The Hain Celestial Group.
BONUS: In 2013, Celestial Seasonings made two kombuchas exclusively for Sprouts grocery store.
Celestial Seasonings facility and café are located at 4600 Sleepytime Drive off Spine Road in Gunbarrel. Learn more at celestialseasonings.com.