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Willow Creek Herbs & Teas opens in downtown Grand Junction

Brittany Markert
bmarkert@gjfreepress.com
Spices are displayed on Willow Creek's counter, with many more in jars on the shelves.
Brittany Markert / bmarkert@gjfreepress.com | Free Press

CONTEST

To celebrate Willow Creek Herbs and Teas, owner Debora Beck will host Tony Babbitt, a musician who plays the Native American flute. She will also put on a tea-naming contest on Saturday, April 19. Taste the new tea blend and suggest a name. The best name wins a $15 store credit and bragging rights.

Ever heard of Lapsang Souchong, or tried smoked sea salt on home-made fries? Willow Creek Herbs and Teas is your destination to learn more about these special food and drink enhancers. This new downtown shop recently opened at 411 Main St., in Grand Junction, and it’s home to more than 250 different herbs, spices and blends, many locally produced.

Owner Debora Beck is an herbalist, and for the past 25 years she’s studied independently and as an intern in California, learning all there is to know about her business.

The store is unique to visit and has around 40 different blends of herbs and spices — like Firefly Chai for instance.



“I want to share and learn new things together” with customers, Beck said.

Opening her own store has long been a goal, especially since Orr’s Trading Company closed on March 5.



“There is nothing I would rather do than visit with people, play in my herbs (and) teas and bring a smile to someone’s face,” she noted.

Willow Creek also features local and native art, along with original photography. Beck will soon host classes for art and herbs — including a class focusing on children and allergies.

NEW TO SPICES AND HERBS?

Don’t be overwhelmed when first walking into the store, Beck said. The shelves may be full, but she will be your guide.

“It’s always fun when people come in with questions,” Beck added. “The most important and enlightening part is getting their sense of smell involved.”

And if a customer brings in a personal container, it can be filled to an exact amount, even if under an ounce.

Beck additionally promotes caution when providing herbs for health reasons. Some herbs may cause contradictions with certain prescription drugs and herbal remedies.

For more information, call 970-241-2324 or visit http://www.facebook.com/WillowCreekHerbsandTeas.


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