The staff at Hooker Tea is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. They offer an amazing variety of loose teas from around the world, and carefully prepare each one with exactly the right water temperature and steeping time. They also offer a selection of useful tea accoutrements. The atmosphere is very modern, somewhat spare, but relaxing. Don't expect scones and devonshire cream -- this isn't a high tea sort of place. It's a wonderful spot for relaxed conversation with friends and to learn about what teas you like and why.