Kansas has a t.Loft (5225 W. 116th Place, Leawood). The tea and juice bar, owned by Jill and Brandon Minton, recently opened in the Park Place development.
The original t. Loft debuted in April 2013 at 8025 State Line on the Missouri side. Jill Minton’s concept for the juice bar stemmed from the dietary needs of her own family. Minton, along with her father, sister and daughter suffer from celiac disease. Juices and teas were a boost to her family’s diet. In the summer of 2012, she brought her juices and tea fusions (a blend of tea, fresh squeezed juice, and sweetener) to the Overland Park Farmers’ Market. The response convinced her that her family wasn’t the only one who could benefit from what she was doing.
In addition to drinks — most of the loose leaf tea menu is available hot or iced — there are gluten-free baked goods and containers of salad mixes and lettuce wraps made with jicama, pineapple, walnuts and mint. The new t. Loft in Park Place is open from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.[Image via Facebook: t.Loft]