420 TeaTime Offers Delights For Imbibers And Abstainers In Wonderland-Themed Tea Room And Dispensary

420 TeaTime owner Christa Tyler in her Mad Hatter Lounge in White Rock. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Welcome to the Tea Room at 420 TeaTime. The kitchen serves both cannabis-enhanced and cannabis-free food and drink. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

A slice of Wonderland popped up Sept. 1 in White Rock when 420 TeaTime opened its doors. Located in the former Pig + Fig Café space at 35 Rover Blvd., Suite G, TeaTime has been transformed into a Wonderland-themed tearoom and cannabis dispensary that also caters to those who prefer their pastries and beverages cannabis-free. It’s designed to be a place to hang out in a fun environment for imbibers and abstainers alike.

“I’ve always dreamed about owning a business,” owner Christa Tyler said. “In October 2021 when I learned that Los Alamos County was going to allow dispensaries, I got to work on a business plan. By May, I had investors. I opened Sept. 1. Everything is coming together, and business has been steady.”

Tyler’s parents were nervous at first, but now they’re fully onboard, she said.

“My dad and I remodeled the space together and I designed the interior,” Tyler said. “I’m a huge Mad Hatter fan and tea is my preferred drink.”

Her tea is from Artful Tea, and she serves Ohori’s Coffee, both New Mexico businesses. The non-cannabis pastries are also locally made and beautiful as well as delicious. Croissants and scones, two kinds of quiche, creampuffs, eclairs, tarts and daily surprises round out the menu. Both caffeinated and decaffeinated beverages are available, whether your drink is an espresso-based beverage or just plain coffee or tea. Mocktails and non-alcoholic beer as well as other beverages also are available in both cannabis and cannabis-free varieties. Wi-Fi is available for customers in the Mad Hatter Lounge.

Tea, coffee and pastry orders are available to go; however, products infused with cannabis must be consumed on the premises. In addition, 420 TeaTime offers local delivery within a 15-mile radius (radius may expand over time). In keeping with her decision to buy locally, Tyler’s cannabis grower is in Albuquerque. Her edibles, including gummies, brownies and other cannabis enhanced food and drink also are locally produced. A current favorite of Tyler’s is chex-mix by MJ’s a licensed cannabis food supplier from Placitas.

Tyler plans to open the Lounge area for parties and events.

“This place is meant to be for everyone,” Tyler said.

Cannabis customers must be 21 (l8 with a medical marijuana card). Customers for other products, including cannabidiol (CBD) a non-intoxicating and generally well-tolerated constituent of cannabis, which exhibits potential beneficial properties in a wide range of diseases, including cardiovascular disorders, also are welcomed.
“The hardest thing was dealing with all the delays from the State,” Tyler said. “I have a smile on my face during all my 12-hour days, because this place is mine. It’s all worth it.”

Many locals will remember Tyler from her days as an employee at CB FOX. She moved here in 2016 to be near her parents and grandmother, who live in town. She continues to dream big. Her next business may be a “bud and breakfast” where customers can imbibe on the premises.
Incentives offered at TeaTime are 10 percent off for Veterans; 10 percent off for Seniors; and a customer loyalty rewards program. 420 TeaTime is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday. Visit www.420teatime.com to order online or learn more.

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