September 19, 2020

Par Avion Tea from Symons General Store

By Kristi Kates | Jan. 21, 2017

Symons General Store has been part of the Gaslight District and the Petoskey downtown community for 60 years, and some of the products they carry even give back, in this case to the worldwide community.

But first, let’s start with the product: hand-picked, hand-sorted and hand-blended loose leaf Par Avion teas packaged in sleek, colorful tins with a rich depth of flavor thanks to their carefully selected ingredients. You’ll find classic teas like Earl Gray and Darjeeling and more exotic varieties like the Pie Collection, which offers flavors like Granny’s Apple Pie and Pecan Pie – and yes, they taste just like their namesakes.

Par Avion’s Hello! teas are another option, including Hello Bliss, a stress-fighting blend of chamomile, ginkgo and St. John’s Wort; and Hello Skinny, a blend specifically formulated to aid in weight management with senna leaf and Wu Yi tea from China’s Fujian province.

And now back to that community connection: For every tin purchased, the Par Avion Tea company gives one day of education to a child in need.

Symons says, “Sip, enjoy and give back!”

Selected varieties are in stock and special orders are available at Symons General Store, 401 E. Lake Street in downtown Petoskey; visit online at or call (231) 347-2438.


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