Temple City's Las Tunas Drive gets a Tea Station

Long-suffering downtown will be getting a little lift from a new Tea Station, the popular San-Gabriel-via-Taiwan beverage chain. Full Story
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Love this Place

Glendale, CA

#1 Oct 15, 2010
I love Tea Station. I've been to their City of Industry location and will go here too. FYI I'm not Asian...
Steve

Alhambra, CA

#3 Oct 15, 2010
So, it's like the Japanese version of Starbuck"s which we don't need...at least it's not a "bridal shop"....
tyb stuck in cali

Anaheim, CA

#4 Oct 15, 2010
Uh, theres a tea station in Arcadia. Why put another one in the city next door? Now if TC got a Joe's Crab Shack, a TGI Friday, a Ruby Tuesday, or other nationally known restaraunt, you could talk about development. A tea store, not so much.....
Tina

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Oct 16, 2010
"At the spacious, modern Temple City location, the staff tends to speak little English."

Just perfect! Does that mean all non-Asians will not be able to order in this place? Think the city needs a law that requires at least two English speaking employees be on the premises at all times.
Motisa

Buena Park, CA

#6 Oct 16, 2010
tyb stuck in cali wrote:
Uh, theres a tea station in Arcadia. Why put another one in the city next door? Now if TC got a Joe's Crab Shack, a TGI Friday, a Ruby Tuesday, or other nationally known restaraunt, you could talk about development. A tea store, not so much.....
They also have a McDonald's, Burger King, In N Out, Carl's Jr., Starbuck's, Ralph's, Wells Fargo, 7-11, 99 Cent Only Store, Chevron, Shell,'76....
Motisa

Buena Park, CA

#7 Oct 16, 2010
Tina wrote:
"At the spacious, modern Temple City location, the staff tends to speak little English."
Just perfect! Does that mean all non-Asians will not be able to order in this place? Think the city needs a law that requires at least two English speaking employees be on the premises at all times.
Those are jobs Americans won't do anyway.
What Nonsense

United States

#8 Oct 16, 2010
You think Temple City would have learned the Bridal shop disaster lesson! Oh I guess not. Temple City thinks it model city is San Gabriel with nothing but crap there.
----abc

Orange, CA

#9 Oct 16, 2010
Motisa wrote:
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Those are jobs Americans won't do anyway.
You have learned absolutely nothing.These "tea shop owners" tend to "hire family members only". Why ? to keep the earnings within the family.And they are to cheap to pay bilingual Americans minimum wages.Most of the customers will be the dumb Americans that will pay the high price for a special tea blend.I don`t think the Asians like paying high prices for tea blends that they can make at home.Traffic jams are of no concern to them.The dollar amounts are more important.
August West

Alhambra, CA

#10 Oct 16, 2010
Seems like that block would be a wonderful location for a nice Community Hardware Store.
TC Residents

Alhambra, CA

#11 Oct 16, 2010
I am sorry if my message (#2) came off racist. I didn't mean it to. It just angers me that the TEA STATION opened on a corner of two main streets. It is not even about who owns it.

One issue is having ANOTHER Tea/Coffee place could very well make other ones around it close down. Then we got more vacant places in this city.

Also, the city council has been informed MANY times about parking and when people want to park at this Tea Station they will either have to make a quick stop going south on TC Blvd or back up the traffic on Las Tunas.

Why was this even allowed? They should have really been put in the middle of a block and not at an end like that.

I have been going to the same coffee house for 8 years here and they are about a block away from the Tea Station. It angers me that this Tea Station will very will take away some of the business of the coffee shop I go to. I don't think it's fair at all.

The Tea Station should not have been allowed to open in a city that already has so many coffee/tea places. I don't care how popular it is. It's just like adding another Bridal Shop in my opinion.

DO something about this, City Council. Stop allowing the same types of businesses to happen in Temple City.
TC Residents

Alhambra, CA

#12 Oct 16, 2010
Tina wrote:
"At the spacious, modern Temple City location, the staff tends to speak little English."
Just perfect! Does that mean all non-Asians will not be able to order in this place? Think the city needs a law that requires at least two English speaking employees be on the premises at all times.
Tina, I will admit that the 'little English' speaking employees part of this article bothered me. But, I think that is a clear sign that TC has changed for good.

I have lived in TC almost 30 years. I don't think there is any hope that we will have american type restaurants open in TC. I see Rosemead/Las Tunas full of Asian type places. TC should just be called Alhambra.

That is only because the council set up zero rules in this city. I remember at one city council meeting the mayor DID ask (randomly) who gave permission about the Tea Station coming in. The council should have had more say what businesses can open.

I get it that the council has say what is going to be at Rosemead/Las Tunas but it's really TOO LATE. They want to use a study based on what people in the city would shop at.

That is useless now because they have allowed so many Asian stores/businesses that any study would show that the majority of this city would want more Asian businesses. That is what we will probably see on Las Tunas and Rosemead.

I have NOTHING against the Asian culture itself, but I think the council LONG AGO should have put their foot down and said no more bridal shops and tea station.

Temple City has turned into a joke. The council does NOTHING.
Pesca

Alhambra, CA

#13 Oct 16, 2010
Well what did you expect Arnold's Malt Shop? Happy Days? The neighborhood changed - and stayed the same.

It's still working class housing with middle class and white collar aspirations. It's currently still an opportunity based family environment. You can put your kids in the public schools and have a decent shot at a good education.

The ethnicity shifted pretty drastically, we did a nice job at that. Give TC some credit. We did not have violence or an unsafe environment during the population shift. The families, education desires and affordability are still pretty relative to what they were post war and through the 50's-60's.

Tea Station, whatever, good luck to 'ya. Don't speak much English? I doubt that's true but it doesn't matter. Free country, speak whatever language you want. Make one up if you feel like it.

I think their store looks like crap, but that's just me.I don't expect them to wear bobby socks and sip cherry cokes to doo-wop records.

That's too Japanese.
Stop

United States

#14 Oct 16, 2010
TC Resident DO NOT play into their game of calling you a RACIST that is exactly what they want you to do. YOU ARE NOT A RACIST!!!
TC Residents

Alhambra, CA

#15 Oct 16, 2010
Stop wrote:
TC Resident DO NOT play into their game of calling you a RACIST that is exactly what they want you to do. YOU ARE NOT A RACIST!!!
No, I am not. I just wanted to express my opinion. It's honestly a Catch 22 situation. While I can't shop or do business in about 97% of the stores in TC, the house value in TC has remained steady. For that reason alone, I guess I am happy to see there is such a strong attraction to Temple City, no matter which culture it is coming here.

I DO want TC to have successful stores in the city, but I just have a BAD feeling the Tea Station may make other tea/coffee shops close their doors or lose customers. I would be livid if I owned a tea house nearby.

It just baffles me how the council just allows whatever on Las Tunas, but are putting so much focus on rosemead/las tunas.
Pesca

Alhambra, CA

#16 Oct 16, 2010
TC Residents wrote:
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No, I am not. I just wanted to express my opinion. It's honestly a Catch 22 situation. While I can't shop or do business in about 97% of the stores in TC, the house value in TC has remained steady. For that reason alone, I guess I am happy to see there is such a strong attraction to Temple City, no matter which culture it is coming here.
I DO want TC to have successful stores in the city, but I just have a BAD feeling the Tea Station may make other tea/coffee shops close their doors or lose customers. I would be livid if I owned a tea house nearby.
It just baffles me how the council just allows whatever on Las Tunas, but are putting so much focus on rosemead/las tunas.
I happen to agree. We have leadership...challenges. I am hoping Mr. Pulido can produce results, but to expect too much would be unfair. The groupthink culture we have in council has its' drawbacks. It is very easy to call for a reso supporting some law and order type popularity issue for example, particularly if all you are trying to do is maintain support of your "base", small though it may be.

I think there is a unconscious tendency to actually discourage widespread participation. Recent "ethics" protocols held scant promise of actual improvement on troublesome issues. The message therefore is "more of the same, don't bother us".

County refugee management types are not known for bold leadership. We will be safe from ravaging hordes of hippies and possible public swearing in the park. Thanks men, you are very brave. We now know how to hire consultants. All this may be judged progress. Square footage on vacant commercial properties, meanwhile, is trending upward, not down.
richard

San Gabriel, CA

#17 Oct 16, 2010
tea station is basically chinese version of starbuck, over price drink.
Temple city girl

Burbank, CA

#18 Oct 16, 2010
Talk to Joe Lambert. He thought it was a wonderful place for the Asian community. How about something the American community would like.Like a movie theatre and an American restaurant. Too much favortism to the Asian community.
PhukYoo

Los Angeles, CA

#19 Oct 16, 2010
First, asians drove white poeple out of The Paradie Isle. Now, Gabriels is pushed aside for The Tea Station. What next, Gabriel's Big & Tall will be replaced with Kim's Short & Yellow? This city is a lost cause.
TC Residents

Alhambra, CA

#20 Oct 17, 2010
I don't want to make this a race issue because it is the Asian community who have kept our housing prices steady/up in this city while some of the surrounding cities have gone down.

That being said, the council should have taken charge a LONG time ago and made more of a vareity in this city. They allowed bridal shop and coffee houses to multiply in this city.

I KNOW for a fact the council is SO focused on Rosemead/Las Tunas that they would NEVER put a Mexican restaurant or Italian restaurant at Rosemead/Las Tunas because they wouldn't want it to compete with Casa Del Ray/Mama P's.

Why is that fair when we have one after another same type of restaurants/food places on Las Tunas?

Most of the council dont even know what Asian restaurants serve the same type of food.

This city is a mess. There are many places in TC for the Asian community. While (I, a white who have lived here for 30 years) have no place to go.

Whoever allowed the TEA STATION should have done a walk along Las Tunas and counciled how many tea/coffee places we already had.

Many people have asked why the Asians took over. It is not that they took over, it is the city allowed one after another Asian business to open in this city.

I blame the past (and current) city officials for this.
flip

United States

#21 Oct 18, 2010
PhukYoo wrote:
First, asians drove white poeple out of The Paradie Isle. Now, Gabriels is pushed aside for The Tea Station. What next, Gabriel's Big & Tall will be replaced with Kim's Short & Yellow? This city is a lost cause.
I think I have an answer to Temple City’s woes. First, rename the city Parrot City in honor of those squawking terrors, er, I mean beautiful birds. The city could then attract the Audubon and bird watchers to wander down Las Tunas sidewalks in search of the birds. Second, let’s get some medical marijuana shops going! With a little bribe, I mean help from the city, tax revenues could get high. Then, how about really trying to cross the cultural divide by opening a “Cannabis Tea and Noodle Bar”. Think of it: Traffic would slow, people would come from miles around and everybody would be happy.

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