Susie Kilian, owner of The Tea Studio by Kilian in St. Louis, strives to give customers a better understanding of tea and its nuances with a vast variety of loose-leaf teas, tea accessories, tastings and classes.

A certified tea specialist and certified tea sommelier, Kilian brings a decade’s worth of knowledge and experience to the Gravois Park store. From the selection of loose-leaf teas that she curates herself, Kilian recommends the Earl Grey – a relaxing blend of organic black teas, handpicked in Sri Lanka and mixed with natural bergamot oil, which possesses both uplifting and calming qualities.

Another option is the Taitung Oolong from Taiwan with notes of sweet stone fruit and roasted nuts, while the Hibiscus Smash made with hibiscus flowers, cherry, lemongrass, licorice root, rose hip and spearmint is a wonderful caffeine-free herbal tea.

The Tea Studio by Kilian, 2755 Chippewa St., St. Louis, Missouri, 314.610.7078,