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Kat & Earl Dela Cruz are the owner/operators of SpecialTeas Tea Shop. The shop is completely ran by the couple since opening in February 2015. Kat & Earl focuses on high quality products and exceptional customer service. Customers should feel at home at the tea shop. Their motto:"If we won't eat it, we can't serve it. We prepare everything as if our customers are our house guests." Customer service is another important aspect of the business. Customers are not just a number to Kat & Earl; they are more like their extended family. Majority of their customers are greeted by name when they visit the tea shop regularly.

SpecialTeas was honored with awards from The Taste of Downtown. 

In 2016, SpecialTeas won Best New Discovery.

And just the next year in 2017, SpecialTeas won Best Overall!

Kat & Earl closed the physical location of the tea shop on Friday, December 21st, 2018. Because of the passing of Kat’s father in 2017, the couple has decided to take over the family business so that Kat’s mother can retire. Instead of completely closing SpecialTeas, Kat & Earl decided to continue selling premium loose leaf tea online and will look into catering around the Carson City area.Their first catering venture will be the Carson City Farmers Market on Saturdays. Kat will also start a food blog featuring recipes, reviews and more!