In a deal that closed on the last day of 2012, Teas and Javas bought People’s Café on Thames Street.
Come tourist season, the new shop will open across the street from its parent company Alex and Ani. While there are no official dates yet, Teas and Javas is expected to open around Memorial Day.
Teas and Javas has also opened up shop in Wayland Square in Providence and Chapel View in Cranston. Both have Alex and Ani stores nearby.
Alex and Ani CEO Giovanni Feroce said bringing Teas and Javas to Newport, in such close proximity to the flagship Alex and Ani location, was a natural progression for the brand.
“People’s is a beautiful setting,” he said, adding that the benefit of turning People’s Café into Teas and Javas was that they did not need to create a building from scratch.
“This is something I’ve always had my eye on.”
Feroce assured that the historical elements of the building will remain, while the interior aesthetics will reflect their brand.
Carolyn Rafaelian, Designer and Founder of Alex and Ani, will handle the designs.
The role of the interior of Teas and Javas, besides providing tea, coffee, gelato and a diverse menu, is to house Alex and Ani memorabilia and “build the Alex and Ani story.”
Billed as serving “love in a cup”, the shop will also sell local products, including Sakonnet wine.
For more information on Teas and Javas, visit their website here.