Who would have guessed that in a town where Evangelical churches outnumber people, anti-abortion signs jostle for space alongside Indian casino ads downtown, and offices still apparently use typewriters for official business, that you'd find a modern, cool, vegetarian tea shop?
If there is a god, Infinitea is a godsend. I was in hour 5 of the 6+ hour drive from Chicago to Minneapolis and needed a cup of tea. I didn't expect to find much in Eau Claire other than a Lipton bag, but by some amazing act, I randomly parked in front of the only tea shop in the whole city without even realizing it.
Infinitea has a large selection of teas and you can even sniff them from numbered test tubes at a long counter. I thought this was a cool idea but the test tubes don't allow you to smell much, unfortunately.
Infinitea also offers three different vegetarian (and maybe vegan) salads which were unusual and featured ingredients like spicy peanut dressings and dried cranberries. Now if only they'd get vegan baked goods....
Best of all, Infinitea uses only compostable to-go cups and containers, which shows they got eco-creds.
This is a great place to check out and I will be visiting Infinitea again on some future Minneapolis-Chicago trip.