BALLSTON SPA-If you live in Ballston Spa, you know where to go for a good cup of tea, The Whistling Kettle. Owners Kevin and Meahgan Borowsky are expanding their offerings to a new Troy location and are excited to open up their second location next month.
Kevin Borowsky said they chose Troy because it has a great downtown that fits the vibe of their business. Small business owner support each other in this area, making it for a successful spot to own a small business.
“We chose Troy in much the same way we choose Ballston Spa ten years ago. We didn’t want a strip mall or an area without aesthetic appeal. In other words, we were looking for a traditional downtown. Troy is undergoing a big revival, and has a great downtown community feel to it. Therefore when we had the opportunity for a great space right near the river, we took advantage of it,” said Borowsky.
The Troy store will feature new decor such as wire light fixtures, eco-friendly bamboo resin, wall art and a black and white mural. Borowsky said the freshly renovated space is larger than the original location at 3,600 square feet and will contain a tea bar, a retail section for loose-leaf tea and tea paraphernalia. There will also be what he calls a sniffing bar for guests to enjoy the aromas of each different variety.
Borowsky said they want to keep what has made the Ballston Spa location successful the same at the new store, explaining that the Troy store will retain all of the ambiance and character but on a larger scale.
“Because the location is in the historical district, the décor is as unique as the space, but retains the same classic elements of Ballston Spa. The menu will remain the same, and over the years we have refined the menu with the better sellers, while improving quality whenever possible,” Said Borowsky.
One area the couple hopes to expand on is parties. The Troy location has a separate area that can hold up to 50 people, allowing them to accommodate larger parties during business hours. The private party room can be booked in advance. The Troy store will also have a walk-up window for “on-the-go” tea drinkers. Close to 100 people can be seated inside the restaurant, during the summer outdoor seating will also be available.
Borowsky said they are really happy about the employment opportunities that they are able to offer with the second site. Right now they will be able to hire 25 to 30 people. In addition to the new store, the Brodsky’s are also expanding their online business.
“We sell a lot of tea on-line via our website. We’ve sold tea to every state, as far north as YellowKnife, Canada – as far south as Antarctica, from Afghanistan to Guam. We will eventually move our on-line operation to a new and separate facility,” said Borowsky.
The Whistling Kettle has a few custom teas they blend in house, such as the East Frisian Breakfast Blend and Lemon Ginger Slim Blend, based on Dr. Oz recipe. Eventually they hope to expand their custom teas and possibly have some branded merchandise.