Sweet tea is a time-honored tradition of the American South, second only to stealing magnolias and midnight Yankee tipping. Indulge in refined Southern customs with today’s Groupon. For $6, you get $12 worth of teas, cookies, sandwiches, and more at KimBees Southern Gourmet Traditions in Greensboro.
KimBees is named for owner and brew-boss Kimberly Brown, who serves her own line of gourmet bottled sweet teas alongside savory sandwiches, soufflés, smoothies, and sweets. Rather than adhering to the painstaking tradition of appeasing tea's acidic disposition with gentlemanly manners, Brown sweetens her steeps with pure cane sugar, filling the glass bottles while the tea is hot to maintain flavor and prevent appetite-suppressing Final Destination premonitions caused by murky, fortune-telling leaf sediment. The handsome 16 oz. ($2.50), and 750 ml wine-style bottles ($12.95) come in flavors like lemon-raspberry, peach-mango, and almond sweet green, with loose leaf Ceylon teas ($2.50), and freshly ground coffees ($1.50–$2) available by the cup. Customers who prefer their brewed beverages blended can try a tea smoothie ($3.50), or trade one frozen potable for another with a spirited wine smoothie ($5.50). The boutique's shelves are stocked with take-home bottles and bags of the signature sips, as well as 1.5 lb bottles of Dutch white clover honey ($20), great for imbibers who like to customize their own level of tea sweetness.
Aside from warming spirits with intoxicating libations, KimBee's also eases the griping grumbles of hungry antebellum bellies with a comforting menu of scrumptious sweets and savories. Sandwiches ($4.99) like the chicken salad and HPB&C (honey, peanut butter, and chocolate chip) are made fresh and served with chips, while heavenly soufflés ($4.99–$5.99) arrive as delicate and airy as Blanche Du Bois, only slightly more ephemeral. The tea boutique's elegant décor make a refined atmosphere for nibbling on a delicate English toffee cookie ($1.25), or falling face-first into the pillowy softness of a half dozen red velvet tea cookies ($12.95).