Since moving to North Georgia, I've been to Aristeacrats three times and have really enjoyed the energy of the owners, Jessica and Dwayne. It's a good place to buy leaf and sit and drink tea. I love that it's not an 'old lady' frilly doily-filled teashop with cucumber sandwiches. My only complaint is they don't offer gongfu style brewing, but it's not realistic to expect that yet, considering the clientele in the area. Teas: at last count, over 80 loose leaf teas and herbal teas, perhaps the majority of them blended/flavored, but with many unflavored teas as well. Origins are People's Republic of China, Republic of China (Taiwan/Formosa), Japan, India, Bolivia, Africa. Decent selection of oolongs, but no Wuyi yan cha (yet!). You can also buy a cup of one of several kinds of hot chocolate. Atmosphere: Modern, hipstery (put a bird on it!), French country design palate (pastel yellow walls, white wainscoting, with warm wood and black accents) Events: every first Friday of the month, I believe, they host tea tastings which pair teas and foods for $12/person as of this review. The photos I uploaded were of their most recent. Amenities: Free wifi, garden with seating out front when the weather is nice. Food: they sell small snacks, I believe, cookies and such. They also sell coffee beans as a fundraiser for a local charity.
Tea Habitat is the kind of teashop I wish I could open myself. The decor combines modern western and traditional Chinese into comfort and functionality. The quality of the teas is top-notch; the selection satisfies the western and traditional palates with anything from high-grade oolongs to rooibos blends. The staff go above and beyond retail/food service: they've hired tea lovers or managed to convert them into tea lovers in a short time. They speak about tea and teaware with real enthusiasm. This tucked away spot is probably the best place in LA County to get excellent Chinese tea!
ITC first introduced me to gongfu gaiwan and yixing tea service, and their shop remains the only location for convenient gongfu-for-gongfu's sake that I know of in California. The selection is on the light side--three to five varieties of any genre of tea--but the atmosphere impresses. I hear reports of bad service at ITC from others, but my experience was pleasant.