If you haven't been you should definitely go, especially if you are a devoted tea drinker or like to cook amazingly fresh meals. This one is located in Old Town, Alexandria, but there are other locations in this area as well as other areas. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful and can even help you out with choosing flavor profiles.
Although you can order online I would definitely recommend going inside as soon as you enter you smell the fragrant smells of tea and spice. You can also find tea infusers, flavored sugars, as well as flavored salts and peppers. There are loose spices and teas pre-bagged in different sizes as well as sample containers you can open up and smell.
Tea flavors range from your old time favorites (Earl Grey) to exotic flavors (Green Tropical) to Matcha powder (For green tea lattes or to bake with) as well as desert teas (Black Chocolate). The possibilities are endless and their is a tea for everyone and every occasion from your devoted tea connoisseur to your occasional tea drinker.
The Spice and Tea Exchange (Old Town)
320 King Street
Alexandria, VA, 22314
Located in the Gatsby Arcade next to Coldwell Banker and across the street from the water fountain.