By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published May 04, 2011 at 10:02 AM

The Verduras Tea House & Cafe will open at the end of June or early July in the historic Isabella Ryder building, 181 N. Broadway, in the Third Ward. The build-out process will begin in the next couple of weeks.

Owner Jennifer Nowicki shared her plans with me yesterday for her latest venture.

"I will be offering specialty loose-leaf teas with soups, salads and sandwiches that are vegetarian in the beginning. Later I will serve breakfast options and maybe appetizers," said Nowicki.

Nowicki is a certified tea specialist and hopes to someday become a master tea specialist through the Specialty Tea Institute in New York City. She has been in the natural foods / gourmet industry for about 20 years. She was one of the founders of the Riverwest Co-op when it was a buying club and operated a vegetarian coffeehouse in Green Bay called Kavarna.

Nowicki was also the secretary and a committee member for the Eagle Heights Community Garden in Madison – one of the oldest and largest organic gardens in the country – for seven years.

Verduras Tea House & Cafe sounds promising. Stay tuned to for more information about Verduras this summer.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.